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Karl Art, a 19-year old independent singer-songwriter currently studying Music Production in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, beats isolation by producing and releasing his first-ever single, “Bended Knees.”

Karl has been writing songs since 2015 and according to him, “Bended Knees” was four years in the making, as it started out as an acoustic ballad then evolved into a synth-pop anthem. As an artist, he drew inspiration from the music of The Midnight, The Cure, William Control, The Japanese House, and the like.

Listening to “Bended Knees” takes us deeper into the mind of a sadistic and romantic individual who can’t seem to grasp how he feels towards his partner. The verse features a whisper-like singing, it is as if the person knows how messed-up he is, but embraces it nonetheless. As the song reaches the chorus with its lyrics, “And if we fall in love tonight, I’ll stay forever by your side” it feels like a cry for help with a promise of finding love that lasts forever.

When asked what inspired him to write the lyrics of “Bended Knees,” he stated “Growing up, I always had a fascination with the dark and macabre. I wanted to explore topics that aren’t usually talked about in music. That is where I got the idea of writing a love song that touches sadism, and expressing love through pain.”

Karl was able to produce the song in his bedroom studio during quarantine. For him, song-writing and producing were his way of escape from the tragedies of the world.

 “I really like the idea of escapism, and I want to make music that transports you to a different world while listening to it. Being isolated in our homes during this pandemic, we need something that can distract us from all the things happening in the world. My way of doing so is by making music. My inspiration for writing music is the stories I make up in my head, sometimes I draw from personal experiences, and sometimes I draw from something completely made-up.”

You can listen to “Bended Knees” on the following music streaming platforms:

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Lvkgk7gj6AmgowWgLwh2F

Youtube – https://youtu.be/ZxoXoDQXdSY

Apple Music – https://music.apple.com/ph/album/bended-knees-single/1513338452

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