Want to hear something which sounds a bit like Patrick Wolf singing over fair ground music backed by a thick base line? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Don’t worry though my friend, the fairground samplers are soon replaced by relaxed guitar strums followed by a standard, yet brilliant pop drum beat and dramatic vocals.
Kites are a band that bridge the gap between commercial pop, indie rock and dark eighties pop, but not too dark, more grey. The lyrics of ‘Brother’ are dramatic yet a little gimicky, but gimicky in a good way. They are refreshingly light throughout yet end on the oddly serious, thought provoking: ‘Our mother has died and you weren’t there at her side. At the funeral I thought we might reunite but it seems you’re on a foreign tide with regret inside and I wonder where you will be if you die.’ Strange, but I kind of like it.
‘Art Tastes Better Blind’ echoes eighties new waves bands such as New Order and Joy Division in a big way but this is why it’s so bloody delicious. Girls, emotions, murder and art; a eclectic, yet a hauntingly beautiful mixture of themes. The themes and lyrics that this band come up with just make these songs. I hope to hear more dark synth pop from them very shortly.
Words by Katie Wilkinson