After the release of the debut EP „If You’re Right, It’s Alright“ in late 2016, the first two tours in Germany, Austria and Switzerland went sold out. According to this unexpected success, the solo project on stage developed to a duo with Felix A. Remm and later from a three piece to a four piece. The rest of the summer was spent through Europe playing several festivals and other gigs. All this while constantly going back into the studio with producer Robert Stephenson to work on the debut album. It has been a year full of contrasts and different priorities: On the one hand, enjoying the fast-paced life on the road, visiting new places and meeting new faces. Signing autographs on scraps of papers for the first time and realizing people actually singing along at festival gigs. On the other hand, fully disconnecting with the world and being alone in the studio to focus on the album recording. Diving in deeply, forgetting everything else and solely being with the music. Nothing else matters. Metaphorically speaking: 'If the EP was a photograph of an idea, what we are trying to create with the album is an actual movie. I’m not trying to sound romantic but it’s like accumulating different pictures and feelings… and we all worship the album format, that’s why we want to take the time to shape it properly.“
Hilang Child is the moniker of Ed Riman, a half-Welsh, half-Indonesian singer, songwriter and soundscapist from South London. Praised highly by the likes of BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens and BBC 6's Lauren Laverne, plus championed by The Line of Best Fit, Stereogum, Q Magazine and more, Hilang Child crafts expansive atmospheres with acoustic and electronic elements in his harmony-rich, multi-layered songs.
His debut album 'Years' was released in August 2018 on Bella Union and comparisons in the press have ranged from acts in the vein of Sigur Ros, The War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, all the way across to Elton John and 10cc. Collaborators on 'Years' included producer-artist Kwes (Loyle Carner, Solange, Micachu etc), who helped on the mix and added touches here and there to help complete the album. The remainder was largely self-written and self-produced, reflecting a distinct vision at work. "This is the realest, most honest representation of what I do" Riman says, "and the first time I feel properly proud to share it".
Hilang Child also recently worked with Lost Horizons (the new project from ex-Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde and ex-Dif Juz Richie Thomas), co-writing two songs on 2017's 'Ojála' LP and joining their live ensemble for tours and festivals over the past year. 2018 also saw Riman composing the soundscape for an immersive installation at London Fashion Week, in collaboration with visual collective Crowns & Owls and fashion brand Roberts | Wood.
Fil Bo Riva / Hilang Child
03 Oct 2018
Hilang Child: 8.30pm
Fil Bo Riva: 9.30pm