Use all the cliched terms you want to describe a band’s follow up record with a new and “acclaimed” producer — evolution, departure, maturation — it all applies to the band Kye Kye, who recently released the second single from the upcoming Kickstarter funded sophomore album Fantasize. The album, though finished in August, is slated for a January release.
The first single “Honest Affection” is dark, twisted and full of all the electronic mojo that made 2011’s Young Love and subsequent Remix EP so captivating. The influence of Paper Route multi-instrumentalist and budding producer Chad Howat is striking and definitely adds a level of sophistication and depth to Kye Kye’s intimate and reserved sound. Watch the Saloman Lighthelm directed music video below:
The second, “Dreams (2am)”, is much more subdued and reminiscent of their earlier work in both tone and weight, along the same slow-burning electro-pop vein as similar acts Say Lou Lou or Little Daylight. Both singles represent the new path Kye Kye is forging in their musical careers. If Young Love represented feelings of doubt, ambivalence, and fear, Fantasize moves them into a world of discovery and absolute confidence – the attributes that make for long-lasting careers.