Mai Kino is a Portuguese-born, London based singer-songwriter. Not too long ago, she released a mesmerizing music video for her “Swim” single.

Mai Kino – “Swim” music video

“Close your eyes, you just got here. It took you by surprise, but now, there’s just so much to see. I hope you’re better than me. Swim along, we’re the same sign. Tainted water moonrise, I see it all in your eyes.” – lyrics

‘Swim’ contains a dreamy storyline, velvet vocals, and rich harmonies. Also, the likable tune possesses angelic instrumentation scented with an alternative-folk aroma.

Mai Kino

Mai Kino press photo

Mai Kino is an artist to keep a sharp eye on as she begins her claim to fame. She is one of the 4% who experiences a rare case of Synesthesia—where she is able to see music in color, shape, and movement.  

A sensitive child growing-up, she felt like an alien. Oftentimes, she locked herself in her room, where she found music as a solace. During that time, she listened to Nirvana, Portishead, and Billie Holiday.  Later on, electronic music influences came from Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Mount Kimbie, and Jon Hopkins.

Mai Kino – “Swim” single

Mai Kino - “Swim” photo by Joana Linda

Photo by Joana Linda

“I wrote ‘Talk’ over a year ago, in my bed, in the middle of the night. I was going through a rough period of numbness and creative block. And I felt alienated and disconnected from myself and the world around me. I remember having spent several days trying to write music and nothing came out. Then one night, as I slipped into sleep, a song started playing in my head. I jumped out of bed, played it on the piano and recorded it on my phone. The chords and the vocal melody came first, then the word, ‘fall’.” – stated Mai Kino

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