Italian-based 20-year-old soul-rock singer/songwriter Alessandro Bossi, better known as KIOL has announced the release of his upcoming single ‘Hard Things.’ Slated for release on November 24th via Join Records, the track was produced at the Grouse Lodge Studio in Ireland by Paolo Nutini’s producer Dani Castelar and musicians Gavin Fitzjohn (brass and piano) and Dave Nelson (co-writing and guitar) who are also known as Long Run. KIOL can already boast having shared the stage with a number of prominent acts: The Prodigy and Editors at Home Festival in Italy; Suarez in Belgium and Luxembourg; and opened for Manu Chao, Agnes Obel, and Archive at Europavox Festival, where he was the highlighted artist for 2017. In addition, his previous single ‘Wrinkless’ is the featured track for FIAT 500 DEEZER’s huge advertising campaign. During his first tour, he played more than forty shows, with appearances at main European clubs, such as O2 Academy Islington, The Garage, Tramshed, Botanique, Melkweg, Refelktor, sPazio 211, Kulturefabrik as well as Eurosonic-Noorderslag, Waves Vienna and Apolide Festival.
KIOL started out as a punk-rock drummer, and after his sister asked him to start playing the guitar and sing some songs for her he discovered his unique voice. The prolific artist has written a string of tracks and released his first single ‘Broken Up Again’ in 2016 and his first EP I Come As I Am with Warner Music Benelux earlier this year.
KIOL’s sound is packed with pop melodies, alternative folk, and bluesy rhythms. Influenced by songwriters like Paolo Nutini, Jake Bugg, and James Bay, he also cites influences such as Kings of Leon, Amy Winehouse, The Beatles and James Brown. Despite its title, latest single ‘Hard Things’ is a tender, passionate voyage across windswept landscapes; familiar, lionhearted voice work, lively strummed guitar patterns and an aura of cinematic proportions. ‘Hard Things’ is circumstantial evidence that KIOL has expanded upon an already polished, enlightened sound.
Speaking of the track KIOL says: “We chose ‘Hard Things’ as the first single because it represents overcoming a challenge, and we are always up for a challenge! We strongly believe that with ambition and consistent hard work you can reach all your goals. To think, in April last year I was listening to Paolo Nutini’s ‘Iron Sky’ 10 times a day. A few months later, I was working at the Grouse Lodge Studio in Ireland – in the studio where Michael Jackson, Muse, Block Party, and Editors have worked, with Paolo Nutini’s producer, his musicians, and co-writers. A dream come true! It has been the best summer of my life. More to come, hopefully!”
Last but not least “CEOL” (pronounced KIOL) means music in Gaelic dialect!
KIOL Upcoming Live Dates:
Monday, 20th November – The Shed, Leicester, UK
Thursday, 23rd November – St Pancras Church, London (With Tom Speight)
Saturday, 25th November – Castle Hotel, Manchester (With Tom Speight)