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Kyte - Kyte

Kyte, Kyte

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

LEICESTER’S Kyte have already been credited by the NME with making “unashamedly epic and unrelentingly beautiful” music. Listening to their eponymous debut LP on the KIDS label, it’s easy to hear why.

The album combines the glacial soundscapes of Sigur Ros with the melodic sensibility of Death Cab For Cutie. And while it sounds like they might been doing it for years, they boast an average age of 20.

Kyte’s previous release was a 7” called Planet and it’s the track that provides the entry point to the album. It’s the sort of music that’s tailor-made to soundtrack a David Attenbrough nature documentary – beautiful, epic and instantly evocative of daybreak scenarios in the world’s most stunning locations.

The guitars are chiming and enchanting, the layered synths and sparse drums utterly enthralling, and the vocals achingly fragile in the same way that Death Cab For Cutie or even Nada Surf ply their trade.

Just occasionally, their style of composition evokes comparisons with one of last year’s brightest breakthrough acts, Maps, so it’s hardly a surprise to find that he supplied a remix to Secular Ventures, the B-side to Planet, which is well worth seeking out.

Secular Ventures is featured in its original form on the album and is a similarly shimmering effort, albeit a little more atmospheric in build-up – the hypnotic xylophones particularly standing out and sending shivers down the spine with their brilliance. It’s the sort of track to make you weep in delighted appreciation.

Sandwiched between the two is the equally inspired Boundaries, which takes flight from a stunning guitar loop, before introducing the drums and vocals in thoughtful fashion. The track eventually soars but you have to be patient.

Sunlight, meanwhile, is quite possibly my favourite on the long-player – another beguiling blend of warped guitars, dream-like hush-hush vocals and enchanting xylophones. It’s perfect just for kicking back and relaxing with, and therefore easing the stresses and strains away.

Home, the shortest track on the album, proves they can deliver short, sharp bursts of beauty (even though its more minimalist than usual in approach), before They Won’t Sleep ushers you magnificently into epic final salvo These Tales Of Our Stay, which brings things to a close with an eight minute and 48 second slow-builder of mind-boggling brilliance.

Kyte may not be widely known as yet but this year could see them explode in a big way, as they have attracted the attention of some pretty notable people already. Ulrich Schnauss is already a fan, while Maps has asked them to support his recent tour, and their track Boundaries was used on a nationally aired advert for The Sopranos in the US.

Expect their star to soar very quickly. Kyte make music to enrich and nourish the soul, whilst inspiring the mind to giddy heights.

Download picks: Sunlight, Secular Ventures, Planet, Boundaries, They Won’t Sleep, Home

Track listing:

  1. Planet
  2. Boundaries
  3. Secular Ventures
  4. Sunlight
  5. Home
  6. They Won’t Sleep
  7. These Tales Of Our Stay