For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.
SOUNDS LIKE: A rich cinematic tapestry of rhythm and melody
FOR FANS OF: Cub Sport, the Kite String Tangle, Peter Gabriel's sense of adventure
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Born in Perth but raised in Singapore, Evan Klar was 18 when he moved to London to study curation at art school. Those plans got derailed when a friend of his brother's asked the multi-instrumentalist to do some session work on a project, leading to further session stints for artists such as Charli XCX and Alex Metric. After six years in London he returned to Australia to start focusing on his own music, spending two years writing his debut album, Deepest Creatures (released November 10th). The 27-year-old – real name Stefan Niedermeyer – chose to work under a monicker to reflect some of the more fantastical elements of the album, which was inspired by growing up in South East Asia, and features myriad soundscapes as the base around which he constructs the music. "I feel like I'd never used my imagination before I started writing music," he says. "Writing music took me back to my childhood, and that's what my album is about."
Of his writing process he says: "I imagine a scenario or an atmosphere, a little bit like a film, you've got a scene to write to. So I imagine a scene in my head and then I start soundscaping."
A pair of performances at Bigsound in 2016 kickstarted a buzz, with EMI securing his signature not long after. Klar teamed with producer Ash Workman (Christine & the Queens, Metronomy) to work on Deepest Creatures over a six-month period.
HE SAYS: "Deepest Creatures kind of sounds like a title that could be on front of a kids' book, and I really like that about it. When I hear the name I see me and my mates in monster masks, playing around, being silly. That's not necessarily there for people to pick up on, but that's what I get out of the record."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: The mysterious, tinkling melodies and the hypnotic, driving rhythms of "Barefoot".