Swedish Artist Venus Kiani Releases New Single ‘Astray’

Gothenburg based artist Venus Kiani has released a new single titled “Astray”.

The Swedish pop-soul musician combines her fondness for the 1960s and 1970s divas with a modern Swedish pop style. Her voice has a maternal quality to it, with influences ranging from folk music to icons such as Miriam Bryant. Venus Kiani’s debut single “Astray” is a pop-soul ballad with gospel undertones.

The song was co-written with producer Alexander Asp, and it emphasizes the need for asking for help. Kiani’s optimistic tone weaves various roots ranging from the sixties and seventies divas to present Swedish pop. This song is about letting go of the shame associated with seeking help, Kiani adds. Knowing that there are individuals that care about you and want to help.

Reflecting this reassuring sensation, the song features a Gospel choir, which gradually swells during the song, taking up more and more space to back Venus Kiani’s lead vocals. This sound is different to her her parallel duet project Gudmor, which delivered a folk-oriented sounds.

Venus Kiani is a student at the University of Gothenburg’s Academy of Music and Drama. She contracted with Rexius Records in 2020 and began recording “Astray”. Whereas producer Alexander Asp is known for acoustic tracks like “Cold Winter Love”, the song has a current pop feel that works nicely with Kiani’s nostalgic voice.

Listen to “Astray” below:


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