Opening his assured debut EP Queen Of Balance, ‘Paint’ may be the earliest song on the tracklist, but its cohesion with the lyrical magical realism and mind-bending genre fusion found throughout make it a worthy starting point. By turns ambient and folk, its spectral whispered vocals and fully-fleshed production help soundtrack a fantastical yarn about a relationship after the end of the world as we know it. Most importantly, it demonstrates IAKO’s canny ear for detail and dynamism in his production. IAKO knows there are subtle universes between quiet and loud, close and far, and in the soundscape alone he proves something of a master painter. Imagistic lyrics lap around the listener as the impressive vocal layering and harmonies work in tandem to cast their oneiric spell.