K-essence was founded by Bartosz Księżyk, leader of the unforgettable indie rock band NeLL. The atmosphere K-essence creates is comparable to the one present in the masters of the genre such as Nick Cave, Peter Murphy, Mark Lanegan and the early Bowie, yet is headed towards uncompromising rock standing astride melancholic-psychadelic indie and gloomy gothic. Sometimes, the sound reaches sparkling, slightly glamorous adult pop. Originally K-essence was meant as a solo singer project, but it has evolved into a four-piece band with Bartosz Księżyk on the front.
The debut album Prince of Pawns was released on Requiem Records and the project was crowdfunded on Megatotal.pl. The single video Prince of Pawns was awarded THE BEST MUSIC VIDEO at the Filmmaker’s Day 2014. The album received very good reviews as reviews praised the singer’s “[…]versatility” and “[…]capacity for writing stylish songs in the classical spirit.”
In October ’15 the musicians gave a memorable performance at Soundedit Festival playing their new album We Prefer the Night. The LP, which features the acclaimed string quartet Altra Volta, was released on April 29 on Alchera Visions. An innovative, interactive video for Dangerous Man has been featured on MTV Germany and the album has gained great reviews from both German (Westzeit, OxFanzine, Polyprisma) Polish press (Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Gazeta Wyborcza, FuckYouHipsters), including praises from foreign press in Poland (Cracow Post has featured a large piece about K-essence including live show and album review).
The album has reached German radio stations, becoming Die Album der Woche on Radio Hertz 87.9. The song Dangerous Man was featured on Negative White as the song of the week. Polish radio stations have also been enthusiastic about the We Prefer The Night. Polish Radio 3 regularly plays We Prefer the Night and Claim the World and Radio Katowice rotates This Party Isn’t Over, to name just a few.