Illinois artist Kiiara has come along way in just four years. She crassed onto the internet in 2015 with Gold, becoming an instant bloggers favourite. From there, the song was picked up for an Apple Ad and the rest is history. Kiiara has gone from a faceless, hyped name to one of the most exciting modern popstars around, serving up glitchy, experimental pop that is simultaneously catchy and intriguing. Today, she's dropped her new single Open My Mouth so we thought we take the opportunity to look back on some of her key releases.
The one that started it all. Gold felt like not only a turning point for Kiiara but also for pop. It ushered in a new era of DIY pop that could breakthrough the mainstream despite its glitchy, challenging production. Following songs like Rita Ora's Anywhere, the chopped and screwed chorus doesn't even sound that strange now but at the time it was groundbreaking. The song cracked the top 20 in the US and sailed into the top 10 in Australia.
Before Gold even blew up on the charts, Feels was already finding fans online. Feels is Gold's emotional counterpart. Where the latter was bold and cool, Feels taps into Kiiara's emotional vulnerability, using the autotune to really tap right at the heart. It was eventually included on her debut EP low kii savage and is still one of her triumphs.
Heavy (With Linkin Park)
Before Linkin Park's Chester Bennington tragically passed away, Kiiara teamed up with the band for a bold ballad. In hindsight, it feels gutwrenchingly raw but at the time it was also a bold move for both acts. It's the first time Kiiara truly stepped into her image, embracing herself as a popstar with serious vocal ability.
Whippin (Feat. Felix Snow)
Whippin saw Kiiara step even further into her newfound popstar role, giving us a pink haired, glittery video and a slippery bop like nothing she'd made before. She once again teamed up with collaborator Felix Snow and served a glitchy chorus with super sweet hooks.
Teaming up with a writing team that included pop newcomer Sasha Sloan and BTS producer Noah Conrad, Kiiara delivered her biggest ear worm to date. Messy is about ending a good thing before it goes bad and it sits right in the sweet spot. Her vocals are like sugar and that chorus is still in our head to this date.
You're Not Alone (Feat. Kiiara)
Kiiara is a very versatile collaborator moving from Linkin Park to Ty Dolla $ign and she proved it once again by stepping into the EDM world. Don Diablo pulled Kiiara into beefier production making her voice sound more atmospheric than ever before. It's not a sign of where she's going with her solo work but it's a welcome detour.
Open My Mouth
Open My Mouth is Kiiara's first single of the year and it's a good sign of things to come. We get that trademark chopped and screwed chorus once again and it's infectious. She always slightly alters the formula growing every time and this may be her catchiest moment yet. The music video also has her in full popstar mode, complete with glitter and slicked back hair.