Japanese American artist iamkyami reflects on the physical distance and isolation that are part of the friendship cycle in her new single and video “Internet Friends.” Whether it’s due to environmental factors like the pandemic, lifestyle change, or aging in general, “Internet Friends” is iamkyami’s own reflection of how our in-person relationships end up become virtual catchups and comments that feel superficial. The video finds her doing all the quarantine activities we’ve tried during these past few years including yoga with Adrienne.
Speaking more on the meaning behind “Internet Friends”, Ky said: “Waking up everyday, seeing the cloudy, grey skies in Manchester and wondering if things will ever return to “normal” was and is still weighing heavily on my mind. I’ve never been very good at maintaining friendships because of my busy schedule but I try to keep up with friends online. Especially with how things are now, that’s all we can do most of the time. ‘Internet Friends’ is about trying to make more meaningful relationships with people while trying to break down the barriers that the internet creates. There’s people I speak to a lot online but the relationships seem like they can be very surface level. They probably don’t know my birthday or my favourite food or simple things like that. Because of this feeling, I tend to feel like I’m living life and doing things by myself like in the video. The song is also about getting older I suppose. Friends aren’t as free as they used to be and that takes getting used to.”
The track is from her upcoming EP The Kenny Klubhouse, which will be out on April 29th via Heist or Hit.