KAWALA have released a breezy new cut ‘Kept In The Dark’, maintaining their run of excellent, easy indie-pop. The artwork is awash with colourful illustrations and the track itself is equally inviting; warm guitar strings introduce the single before vocal harmonies flood the chorus. The Kentish Town five-piece have gained huge support since the release of their first single in 2017, with Spotify, Radio 1 and various online tastemakers singing their praises. Their output has remained consistently strong since emergence and as their following grows, they have potential to follow in the footstep of indie auteurs The Maccabees and Glass Animals.

Jim Higson’s vocal has real room to breath here and the song captures the spirit of the band’s live setup. ‘Kept In The Dark’ will be part of a new EP titled Counting The Miles, out March 20 through Mahogany Records. Speaking of the release, the band stated: “We wanted to truly craft something that honoured the raw live sound we’d been refining over the last year. With ‘Counting the Miles’, we’ve aimed to represent a real feeling of progression and journey, as well as showcasing a balance of our more stripped acoustic side, together with our upbeat, highlife inspired songs.”

The band embark on a lengthy UK headline tour this May and have numerous appearances at festivals across Europe.