Kyte - S/T

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Theo Ellington

25th February 2008
At 15:29 GMT

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You have to feel sorry for bands misrepresented by singles. With "Planet", Kyte may be written off as just another post-hardcore band.

What the Leicestershire five-piece do play is synth sequences and syncopated beats which are overlaid by a fusion of sampled sounds and live instruments, all contained within an ever poppy environment which gives them a well-crafted atmosphere of sound.

After the mis-step of the aforementioned first track/lead single "Planet", all is thoroughly on the up. "Secular Ventures" reminisces about Death Cab For Cutie whilst "Sunlight" amps up the dreamy sounds with rewound samples and glockenspiels which give way at the centre point for drums backed by call and response vocals.

Whilst it may seem like a strange comparison, the vocals of Kyte come across as a mixture of Hellogoodbye and M83, lending an urgent expansive quality to the singing which, while being heavily laden with effects, places a glowing ambience around their music.

When "Home" comes to the fore, the vocals are jettisoned for a loose arrangement which seeks to put the 'cushion' back into 'percussion' with its soft, cosy beats.

The worry-lines that had all but faded with the conclusion of "Planet" resurface once more with "They Won't Sleep". With this number, the band appear to tread the footprints left in the snow by Sigur Ros. Starting in a minimalist fashion, the track delves into what appears to be Kyte's take on Takk's "Með Blóðnasir". The drums near the end do lend it a differentiating edge, but on the whole it is far too uninspired to gain any credit, instead leaving something of a bitter after taste. Anyone who has ever purchased supermarket own-brand imitation food products will know the feeling.

Any negative thoughts are cast asunder on closing track "These Tales of Our Stay" which sweeps around the guitars placed above pleasingly layered sounds. As far as conclusions go, this one is both passionate and emphatic.

Comparisons to Denmark's Mew are also earned throughout the self-titled album, which further exposes the bands major weakness. They simply cannot rely on compositions which mirror those of their contemporaries so closely. Nonetheless, Kyte have put forth a welcome debut. Should they decide to stop playing it safe musically they will likely be on the fast-track to something special.

Rating:  7 / 10

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