Since releasing her sophomore EP, Carry On, to mass critical acclaim, TiK▲ releases her new single, “GARY” today. The single features sibling duo, HMLT, who previously partnered with TiKA on "All Day All Night." On "Gary," the partnership shines through a lively blend of nostalgic keys, soulful verses and funky chords, drawing inspiration from Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye. The single is a soulful take on the love song, borrowing elements of funk to take the listener on an ethereal journey.
“When we first made the beat we instantly thought of TiK▲, but never actually spoke to her about it. When she randomly came across the beat in our Instagram story she was the first one to send us a message and that to us was a sign," HMLT says of this intuitive connection. "Whenever we collaborate, the process always feels natural and organic allowing the music come out that way - especially for this song. From the instrumentation and lyrics to the concept and artwork, the pieces really just fell in place."
The song ebbs and flows as the artists do, both unique and driven by emotive sounds in their own right.
"Similarly to when I heard "All Day' All Night" (the instrumental) on Soundcloud, I contacted HMLT right away when I heard "GARY." There are certain songs they create that just sound iconic and timeless. I've been leaning in a direction where I only want to create timeless nostalgic classic sounds. It's been posing really well for me. HMLT and I have a really beautiful and authentic musical relationship that I'm grateful to have found because it's difficult to find producers who hear what you hear in your head," TiKA says.
"Gary" arrives just in time for Canadian Music Week, where both HMLT and TiKA will hit the stage at The Drake Hotel at a showcase on Thursday, May 10 alongside Sophia Danai, BAYLA. All deliver stunning performances - don't miss it and get your tickets here.