There’s a good reason Kyson’s (@kyson_eye) upcoming second album, A Book of Flying, is much sparser than his first: When the electronic-folk artist flew home to Adelaide, Australia, from his adopted city of Berlin to start recording, the synthesizers he shipped himself were delayed for two months.
“I had my nylon string guitar and that shaped the whole record sonically because I wanted to start writing songs,” the 28-year-old — real name Jian Kellett Liew — says. The resulting LP, due out April 1, sounds more like Bon Iver than the James Blake vibes of his debut, 2013’s The Water’s Way. He cryptically previewed that starker direction early last year with a beachfront photo captioned “new record sounding a bit like this.”
“That was taken right out the front of the house where I was working on the record,” he says. “It’s this perfect juxtaposition. I was writing these sad songs that had this positive oversight, and this guy was out there by himself with his bucket and fishing rods on a cloudy day in a place that usually looks like paradise.”
Lately, Kyson is reflecting on the joys and lows of isolation, like “a bird leaving the nest for the first time.” Unbeknownst to him, those feelings crept into his pictures, which often figure a solitary figure or two off in the distance of a gorgeous landscape. “Sometimes it’s the tiny moments you realize mean a lot,” he says.
Now he’s determined to capture these split seconds, like his disposable camera shot of a village near Innsbruck, Austria. “I probably will never see that exact image again, even if I catch the same train,” he says. “The older I get, the more and more I’m taking the opportunity to take the photo instead of thinking, ‘I should’ve taken a photo of that!’”
––Dan Reilly for Instagram @music