Queer South Africa-born, Los Angeles-based independent recording artist Kaien Cruz (they/them) – is back in full force today blessing us with the upbeat summer Afropop anthem ‘I Lay’.
The track is accompanied by a breath-taking cinematic video – directed by Hunter So with production by Anna Dickson – shot on location in Costa Rica and featuring an appearance by Kai’s partner.
Co-produced by Glass Animal’s Edmund Irwin-Singer alongside Alli Valenzuela and Joshua Choo, ‘I Lay’ is an anthem about the power of intuitive love and cosmic energy. Through potent vocals and the universal language of musical expression, the infectious song takes you on an upward spiral journey of curiosity, expansion, pure joy and ecstasy. ‘I Lay’ follows on from the heartfelt ‘Black Ice’ released earlier this year setting the tone for what’s to come from their forthcoming project.
On the release of their new single, Kaien shares, “I wrote this song in an hour and honestly it just flowed straight out of me. I wanted to portray the feeling of total ease in love and life. I Lay is my pure expression of what it means to be in love and connection without the toxicity of ego”.