Kiyo Co. Finds Strength in Numbers on 'Like a Ghost': Exclusive Premiere
It’s all about the company you keep for Kiyo Cato. On the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter’s first release with Kiyo Company, Cato enlists the help of a full band to wax poetic on the bonds of friendship. The group's debut single "Like a Ghost" is available exclusively below.
Comprised of Cato, Sean Gavigan, Stu Bidwell, Alan Markely, and Sarah Goldstone, Kiyo Co. derives their inspiration from the vibrant arts scene of Brooklyn. Similarly, the idea behind “Like a Ghost” arrived while Cato was waiting for the subway. Although it was conceived during the irritating hassle of the queue, the song takes no time to get moving.
Blending live instrumentation with current pop aesthetics enforces Kiyo Co.’s mission to defy any single genre. The percussion is as powerful and crisp as a rock song, the electronic influences and spectral synths keep the beat light and poppy, and Cato’s voice is pure R&B. Meanwhile, the lyrics are all soul.
“It’s about a friend, someone I used to be close to,” says Cato. "I was trying to understand the death of our friendship, the loss of respect for this person I spent my whole life looking up to, and how we continue to outwardly act like everything is still fine. I was haunted by the way it used to be.”
The combination of honest, personal lyrics with driving, uplifting accompaniment reveals the benefit of Kiyo Co.’s collaboration. At first listen, “Like a Ghost” is a perfectly palatable tune, but with a deeper look, it offers an equally accessible, albeit darker, message. In Cato’s case, moving on and finding new company might be just what he needed.