Kyte - Dead Waves (2010)

A coasting and, at times, relaxingly cruising hybrid of Snow Patrol and Zero 7 with a few genetically implanted musical genes of Sigur Ros hurled in for good measure. Is the lasting impression left by Kyte after the first few listens to this earnest twelve track debut full length.

For the purists, further analysis of this Nick Moon led troupe, allows you to discover the fact that they take an early opportunity to prelude their melodious streak with some seeping ambience and generally manage to get the balance right, The Smoke Saves Lives. It makes Moons earnest and authoritative narrative that bit more striking.

Epic tendencies are intricately built in through weeping guitars and a seeping key element, ihnfsa and they sometimes swerve towards mm and Four Tet territory. Slightly spacey implants adds to the variety on display and Moons mild Bowie leanings come to the fore in the meditative melt, Designed For Damage. The increasing robustness of the percussion drive becomes noticeable, as the album progresses. It allows for a manlier vocal slant, helping to draw out the poetic intensity of some of the lyrics.

Each Life Critical, shows a trickling nourish leaning, before branching out into a digitally soulful direction. The tune is toed along by hushed vocals, instilling a calming and relaxed touch. This is juxtaposed by the soaring, disco kicking No-One Is Angry, Just Afraid. It then morphs into a deeply searching ambient epic. With the latter impact seeping into Fake Handshakes, Earnest Smiles to make for a poignant build up to a laid back soul dabbling, electro pop conjoining, almost meditative stroll.

Kyte seems to effortlessly show that they can do a broad range from disco-pop and indie to mood climbing ambience, as well as most things in-between. It all provides for a debut album that has something for nearly everyone.

Also, M83 listeners will be pleased too.

Dead Waves
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1. The Smoke Saves Lives
2. ihnfsa
3. You're Alone Tonight
4. Designed For Damage
5. Like She Said
6. Fear From Death
7. Each Life Critical
8. No-one Is Angry, Just Afraid
9. Guns And Knives
10. Fake Handshakes, Earnest Smiles
11. Dead Waves
12. Strangest Words And Pictures

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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