Bands to watch #19: Kyte

By on Monday, 11th February 2008 at 8:15 pm

KyteI’ve always been a fan of the quieter, more chilled bands that come and go, gaining themselves cult status whilst not many hard-core fans. One of my most recent finds is the rather marvellous Kyte, a quintet from Leicestershire who specialise in a unique brand of shoe-gaze, dreamy and haunting and beautiful all at once.

Perfect for just about any time of day or night, I found they sound amazing when listened to on the double decker back from London to Oxford late at night, a soundtrack to the lights and hubbub of the capital. Already the obvious comparisons have been made to Sigur Ros and the Radio Dept, they remind me of a British Tresspassers William, perfect for that winter evening in with a loved one, or a moment of introspection.

Unlike Sigur Ros however you don’t get the armageddon-is-nigh feeling that they do so well, instead a feeling of “mission completed”, a happiness that the world is a bit better, or at least a new day is dawning. Their tracks vary between instrumentals and quietly-hushed vocals, all of which mould together perfectly.

They’re currently touring heavily ahead of their debut mini album’s release next Monday, February 18th (available from Amazon and co, but also from We Are Down With the Kids at £6). I’ve ordered two already, and expect a review next week once it’s popped through my front door. They’re touring throughout April with the rather marvellous iLiKETRAiNS (at any of these dates), so be sure to catch them then.

Can you tell I love these guys?

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