Photo by: Cass Evans-Ocharern
The brilliant, and hypnotic musical creativity of Ken Paolo & The Space Cadets has returned in full bloom with latest single ‘Natural Ways’.
Soaring to new heights with genre-blending refinement, Ken Paolo’s latest single plays with various textures of RnB, funk soul to create a rewarding listen. The 5-piece band from Boorloo (Perth) find confidence with their fourth single, and showcase their jazz-laden grooves and stunning vocal acrobatics.
“‘Natural Ways’ is a high-energy affirmation about moving on from toxic situations. It is our most ambitious track with an addiction of a horn section.” Ken Paolo, Ken Paolo & The Space Cadets
Lyrically, ‘Natural Ways’ sees Ken Paolo more introspective than before, musing on the nuanced experience of love and loss and the ever morphing dynamics of relationships. This single is pulled from their forthcoming debut EP, a delightful taste of what’s to come.
After bursting onto the scene in 2021, the 5-piece band has launched into the hearts of music lovers and gained instant momentum. They’ve carved out a dedicated fan base with their incomparable live shows. Their genre-blurring mix of R&B, indie, electronica, pop and soul have made them “one of the state’s go-to live favourites” Pilerats.
Fronted by lead singer Ken Paolo, with the band – Cass on bass, Bob on keys, Kuda on drums and Persia on vocals, the band teamed up with up with Sam Ford (DICE, Siobhan Cotchin, Supathick) at Tone City Recording Studio for Mixing and Mastering. Fans of Kaiit, Ngaiire, and Jordan Rakei will find a new favourite in Ken Paolo.
Ken Paolo and The Space Cadet’s resume is slightly overwhelming for a band that only formed last year. Despite such a short time gigging, they’ve already found their groove, picking up national and local acclaim whilst they go. They’ve performed at RTRFM’s Winder Music Party, Hyperfest, Tonecity Recording label Launch, State Theatre Centre, KickstART Festival, Nannup Brewery Fest, and, not to mention sold-out headline shows at cherished venues Mojos, The Bird and 459 Rosemount.
Not only this, but in the truly supportive and collaborative climate of Western Australian music, they’ve played notable support slots for west-coast favourites such as Siobhan Cotchin, DICE, Supathick, Anesu, Nectar and King Blue.
This anticipated release follows up three previous singles ‘$4 Pizza’, ‘Heads at a Hundred’ and the groovy ToneCity Recording-produced ‘Dance With A Broken Heart’, which received strong community radio support and DSP editorial playlisting. Each previous single was added to Perth’s tastemaker station RTR FM’s esteemed sound selection alongside support from triple j, triple j Unearthed and 4ZZZ.
PRAISE FOR KEN PAOLO
“So lush and groovy. It’s still really tender but makes you groove”
triple j, Pip Rasmussen
“both Tyrone and I’s stank faces are getting a workout! Ken, your voice is out of this world and I’ve just added this song as a must-see live.”
triple j, Abby Butler
“Ken Paolo and company have been so generous to us with this one! Blessing us with their euphoric DIY disco, the band has harnessed the power of heart-healing funk.”
triple j Unearthed, Dave Ruby Howe
“Any aficionado of Perth’s live music scene would be quick to call Ken Paolo one of the most exciting artists in the city right now.”