Kan Wakan’s video for “Like I Need You”

Kanwakan Band

Kan Wakan Band


While their name sounds like that of some stuffy chartered accountant, Kan Wakan is a slightly hipper outfit. Back in 2012, producer/multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui Linev started the project as a way to create minimalist classical music. Shortly thereafter, he was joined by singer Kristianne Bautista and producer/guitarist Peter Potyondy, who helped push the sound toward an amalgamation of soul, post-rock, psych-rock, electronic/EDM, and noir jazz.

It was a move that proved to be quite successful for the trio, garnering them praise throughout greater LA and landing them atop several “about to blow up” lists. They eventually faciliated all that local hype into studio sessions with A-list producer Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck, Gnarls Barkley, Air). The result of those six months in the studio is their poignant and striking full-length debut, Moving On, out now via Verve Music Group.

Among the 11-tracks is the infectious lead single “Like I Need You”. Even if you’ve never heard it in full, it might still be familiar, as it soundtracked several TV spots for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Now, the band’s released their own accompanying visuals, and they’ve gone a slightly different direction than dragons and ice zombies. Instead, the clip tells the tale of a dock worker who gets involved into some shady side dealings involving drugs. Not only does it have a gritty, Only God Forgives-esque feel, but the intense clip is actually a perfect interpretation for the sleek, bluesy number.

Watch it below: