Kyte
Dead Waves


3.5
great

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
January 16th, 2011 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Whilst ebbing and flowing between subtle beats and pulses, and gallivanting around piano tunes and lush vocal melodies, Kyte takes you to a place of musical comfort and contentment with their newest effort, “Dead Waves”

You would be hard pressed to call Kyte, and their most recent effort Dead Waves expressly beautiful. I mean, sure they’ve got everything a person needs to spout on about “intrinsic radiance” and “glorious sounds,” and other forced, hyperbolic phrases, but there is just something about them, something deeply seeded in their core that keeps “beauty” from being truly applicable. They’re sound is light, airy, and dulcet, but nothing they have created has ever been able to sweep one off of their feet with sheer gorgeousness. This is where the distinction between “beauty” and “pretty” must be made, for although Dead Waves isn’t downright beautiful, it sure is pretty.

And oh how pretty it is.

The Leicestershire quartet have been around a few years, picking up steam, and a moderate following, but never have they really solidified their place in any particular scene. While it’s easy to pass them off as a post-rock bauble, the blatant electronic influences are nigh impossible to ignore. Added to that, the band has constantly been likened to many pop and shoe gaze groups, as they’ve slowly been displaying these influences since their inception. Somewhere in this limbo, this cavalcade of genres, lies the space that Kyte occupies, the sound prevalent on Dead Waves. It has the soundscaping of a post-rock , the atmospheric textures of electronica, and the vocal melodies and song structure of modern day pop. Thankfully, all of this converges into one of the most refreshing sounds the band has ever had.

Kyte have really scaled back their post-rock influences, instead opting for a more poppy/shoe gaze-y sound. Dead Waves benefits from this because of the wonderful atmosphere that is created, and the heavier usage of vocals. With his light tenor vocals, Nick Moon softly sings, only adding to the already rapturously calming tone of the album. He’s featured extensively throughout, with each track being given a hefty dose of his contribution. The subtle “bleeps” and “bloops” dance about, swirled together by whispered piano and guitar. Once again, it is oh so pretty.

Instead of large, sweeping tracks, Dead Waves is filled with twelve low-key pop tunes of adequate length. Each track flows nicely into the next, and each track fits just as it should in the grand scheme of things. However, this is where Kyte kind of falter a bit. There aren’t any risks taken, therefore nothing really exceptional is gained. They never really break out of their “pretty niche,” remaining stuck in neutral for a large part of the album. Everything is of nice length, nice tempo, and nice dynamic level, making everything just too damn nice. It’s reassuring that the album is relatively consistent, but Kyte stay far too confined in the “pretty” little electro-pop box, making it somewhat aggravatingly underdone.

Regardless of it’s simplicity, there’s no denying that Dead Waves is just a joy to listen to. It’s relaxing, comforting, and a clear indicator that Kyte are willing to expand their sound into other territories. Take it as a flimsy novelty, or a fantastic excursion, either way, Dead Waves is an outright enjoyable outing from an incredibly promising act.



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Aids
January 16th 2011


24456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great to finally see a review for this, I was even almost going to write one



this album is pretty overlooked here

Aids
January 16th 2011


24456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

on to the review: good shit, you said pretty much everything that needed to be said. I'm not really sure why this is listed under post-rock, I don't see it like that really at all

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2011


7504 Comments


Solid review Cheno; have a pos.

And this:

hey’ve got everything a person needs to spout on about “intrinsic radiance” and “glorious sounds,” and other forced, hyperbolic phrases

The bane of every amateur reviewer lol.

vanderb0b
January 16th 2011


3473 Comments


Fantastic review, one of the most entertaining write-ups that I've read in a while.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2011


7504 Comments


Wait till you see my next one Vanderb0b! ;)

LOL! Jokes!

Aids
January 16th 2011


24456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Irving you should listen to this it's good (the correct rating is 4, xeno must have missclicked)

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2011


7504 Comments


I'll get on it =)

qwe3
January 16th 2011


21814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this is good for biking at night. i prefer s/t though

pizzamachine
January 16th 2011


13872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, I'll check this out.

Tyrael
January 17th 2011


21112 Comments


Witty review. Pos.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10204 Comments


I've met these guys.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10204 Comments


Yeah. They're good friends of a friend, I don't remember much of the conversation, I'd had about a
litre and a half of vodka.

(I think maybe one of them DJd at the party, which was my friend's birthday, but I could be entirely
wrong because I blacked out at 0330..)

Aids
January 17th 2011


24456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Knott, one of the guys from this band was in Maybeshewill, right? (asking you cause of your avatar)

Knott-
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10204 Comments


I'm really not sure on that at all. I've met Maybeshewill a couple of times and they're both from Leicester so I guess there's a chance. Where did you get that from?

Aids
January 17th 2011


24456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whoever rec'd me this told me that. there's no way I'm going to remember who that user was though it was ages ago

Aids
January 17th 2011


24456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

except Dark Dark Horse is boring as hell. and Xeno I think it was you who rec'd this to me so I

must've been mistaken about Kyte/Maybeshewill sharing members. they both share members with Dark Dark

Horse, that's what it was.



SORRY KNOTT

Knott-
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10204 Comments


Lol, why sorry?

Gonna get this now.

Aids
January 17th 2011


24456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sorry like I had my facts wrong. and yes do get this it's awesome.

minty901
May 11th 2012


3666 Comments


how can a band that reminds me of owl city be this good? i also hear postal service. there was a bit of immanu el in their first album but not anymore. i really like this.

minty901
June 29th 2012


3666 Comments


new song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfXg5QoRzhU&feature=youtu.be



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