Born in Amsterdam but raised in the suburbs of leafy south west Germany, KAHLLA’s (real moniker Freya Volk) unmissable combination of art-pop and dreamy folk-infused tones have risen to grace our ears once more, this time in her latest offering ‘For You’. Drenched in layers of uniform and harmonic vocals, the song tells the story of a first time love and heartbreak, accompanied by a groove-laden rhythm set back into the mix, allowing space for the lyrics to ooze with self-reflection. The sense of contrast is what gives this single so much charm, provided by the raw timbre of the piano, swimming amongst shoals of percussive drums. The listener can really grow to understand every melodic, instrumental and lyrical choice from the perspective of Freya herself; highlighting her strengths as a writer of highly personal stories that remain extremely relatable.
When asked about the origin of the track, the German native said ‘I wrote ‘For You’ about my first year at Uni, when I’d just moved to London from Germany. It was a strange but formative time: on the one hand I was having the time of my life, on the other hand I was very heartbroken and lost. I wanted to bottle up the places, faces, and experiences of that first year in a song.’ Constructed as a co production with Paul Stanborough, the song draws comparisons to the likes of Maggie Rodgers, IDER and Lapsley, yet it retains a deeper sense of identity with its own authentic aura.
After a busy year which included releasing her enchanting previous single ‘Small’, a BBC Introducing Live Session and a slot at Norwich’s Wild Paths Festival, KAHLLA has announced plans to release her debut EP ‘Sense Of Self’ in the spring of 2020, which will in no doubt be as mystically endearing as this latest release.