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Thanya Iyer shares lead single from new album KIND, out July 31st via Topshelf

May 16, 2020
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Thanya Iyer shares lead single from new album KIND, out July 31st via Topshelf

Last month we introduced our readers to the stunning sounds of Thanya Iyer and announced her forthcoming album release with Topshelf Records.

Now, Thanya has unveiled captivating lead single “Always, Be Together”, the perfect introduction to this charming and exalted artist and her humble creations. The soft yet soothing sounds will mesmerize you. Thanya exudes such majestic overtones within the tentative arrangements carefully crafted.

On lead single “Always, Be Together,” Iyer’s calls to self-reflection resound over syncopated pulses and fluttering flute, interwoven with quickstrikes of tumbling keys. Layers of strings embed themselves throughout “Always, Be Together” in the form of nimble pizzicato and meandering swells to lend the song a suspenseful rhythmic intrigue, all crescendoing slowly into the song’s final breaths of wispy ambiance. 

Crucial questions around healing, cultural identity, and disability are among the many subjects visited by Thanya Iyer’s sophomore album, KIND. Although represented by a concise title, KIND explores an expansive universe where Iyer and her band examine interpersonal relationships, ideas of home and destination, and our collective responsibilities to one another. To aid in this journey of big, difficult questions, Iyer enlists the help of a huge cast of musicians, with guest features ranging from brass trios, vocal sextets, flautists, and harpists.

Underscoring its explorative nature, the constant movement of KIND melds the sounds of experimental pop and improv into a magical amalgam that teems with flashes of jazz and nuanced electronics. Iyer’s rhythm section pulsates with genre-defying palettes of blips and skitters that twist elegantly into the melodic voices of interlocking synth, strings, and piano, all led by Iyer’s enrapturing lilt. The rhythmic direction of bassist Alexander Kasirer-Smibert and percussionist Daniel Gélinas clears a navigable path in an otherwise unnavigable setting, built on the pair’s understated yet intriguing expertise.

The most succinct distillation of the album’s themes is perhaps found in KIND‘s tracklist. “Please Don’t Hold Me Hostage for Who I Am, Who I Was” and “Bring Back That Which is Kind to You” inspire philosophies of self-care and emergent reconfigurations of justice, calling on listeners to self-reflect and detach from our preconceptions of ourselves and our identity. At the end of its course, KIND arrives at the conclusion of acceptance and resolve: acceptance of our collective circumstance, and the resolve to make the choice to do better. 


  1. I Woke Up (in the Water)
  2. I Forget to Drink Water (Balance)
  3. My Mind Keeps Running
  4. Please Don’t Hold Me Hostage for Who I Am, Who I Was
  5. Look up to the Light
  6. Bring Back That Which is Kind to You
  7. Into the Water
  8. Let the Smoke Clear
  9. Alien
  10. I Just Lay Down My Head
  11. Always, Be Together

This standout stunning record will captivate you. It will take hold of every emotion you own and you will be left in a state of astoundment. Thanya Iyer conveys such strong power in her vocal abilities, the songwriting and the beautiful instrumentations- a truly mesmerizing force. You need to seek this artist and follow the harmony to what will be one of the most ravishing records of 2020. Fall into the lyrical lull and this record will elevate you to another level. Intricate, wistful, observant and beautiful. Easily this record will be the most crucial listen of this year- another incredible release on the Topshelf platform.

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