After a hiatus spent drumming for other artists, pursuing a master's degree in Climate Change, and crafting fresh material, Hilang Child is back in the spotlight with his latest single, "Lapwings," set to drop on September 8th, 2023. Co-written and co-produced alongside Will Bloomfield (known for his work with Alfie Templeman, The Vaccines, Freya Ridings, and Professor Green), this track marks the start of an exciting series of forthcoming singles, supported by PRS and Help Musicians. Fans can also anticipate a brand-new album slated for release next year.
Speaking about "Lapwings," Hilang Child shares his inspiration: "Lapwings is about celebrating the things or activities which help to ground you when you're overwhelmed. For me, that 'thing' is birdwatching; it's brought me so much calm in difficult times when the world's been on top of me. The lapwing is one of my favorite birds, and the seabirds I sing about are a reminder of meditative times I’ve had alone on remote islands, finding pure joy in the simplicity of watching them above the water. Life is pretty difficult for a lot of people at the moment with things like the cost of living crisis, the bombardment of anxiety-inducing news media, brands vying for our attention, and various social expectations placed on us. I wrote this as a reminder for myself that I need to regularly stop, tap out, and just immerse myself in the things which I find joyful."
Hilang Child, the musical brainchild of British-Indonesian singer, songwriter, and drummer Ed Riman, has garnered acclaim for his rich textural arrangements, anthemic pop hooks, and soaring vocals. His 2021 album, "Every Mover," received praise from Clash Magazine, The Sun, and Rolling Stone, as well as recognition from BBC DJs Radcliffe & Maconie, Janice Long, Don Letts, and more. This release followed his serene debut, "Years," in 2018, which also received favorable reviews in Mojo and Q Magazine.
This new phase for Hilang Child represents a fresh start, as he shifts away from keyboards and understated tones. Instead, he fully embraces his identity as a drummer who grew up on vibrant, upbeat music. Performing and singing from behind the drum kit, this new style is the most authentic expression of himself, resulting in a profound sense of enjoyment in creating and performing his own music.