Garage-psychedelic rock troopers The Orange Kyte present their ‘Carousel’ album, which is out now on 12″ pink vinyl via Portland label Little Cloud Records (US/Canada) and Europe’s Cardinal Fuzz(EU/UK).
It’s been nearly two years since the band’s previous album – ‘The Orange Kyte Says Yes!’ was released in March 2018, with ‘Grow It Right’ prior to that in August 2017. Their new album picks up where the latter release left off, with their signature lo-fi dirty garage psych sound and overdriven vocals with added grooves and hints of post-punk, new wave and powerpop.
Lyrically abstract, the record explores themes of duality (‘Masquerade!’), conformity (‘The Modern Day Saints’), procrastination (‘Distractions’), transcendence (‘Infinity Rope’ and ‘Little Death Balloon’) addiction (‘Demonstration Garden’), consumerism (‘C.O.P.’), existentialism (‘Sea of Love’), cults (‘Captain Ron’), & frustration (‘Downfall’).”
Based in Vancouver, The Orange Kyte was founded in 2016 by Dubliner Stephen White (a.k.a. Stevie Moonboots), currently a touring member of Magic Shoppe and previously of Strange Things and Ireland’s House of Dolls. With a revolving array of musicians, The Orange Kyte are purveyors of psychedelicy, dreampoppy, shoegazey, droney, tasty morsels for our audio sensory pleasures.
Mixed and mastered by Josiah Webb of Magic Shoppe, ‘Carousel’ was recorded over the course of a year. Comprised of ten tracks, there are seven ‘full-band’ songs involving Stephen White (vocals, guitars), Dave Mulvaney (drums), Pierce Kingan (bass, vocals), Mat Durie (keys, guitar), and Matty Reed (sax). There are also three stripped-down recordings, utilizing drum machines and acoustic guitars, for which Stephen was joined on drums by Chris van der Laan, who engineered and produced this album.
Influenced by psychedelia, krautrock, The Velvet Underground, Syd Barrett, Graham Coxon, The Byrds, Primal Scream, The Who, Death in Vegas, CAN, White Fence, Spiritualized and Super Furry Animals, Stephen White describes the band’s sound as a loose cacophony of visceral sonic tomfoolery, fixed together with pop-informed melody, three safety pins, and some scotch tape.
The Orange Kyte began as White’s solo project with the idea to write, record and release a digital single every month as a means to push himself to work within limitations and also collaborate with as many other musicians and studio engineers as he could from month to month.
“Carousel is the LP that could only have been created after the experimentation of ‘Grow It Right’ and ‘The Orange Kyte Says Yes!’. The main intentions being to improve from release to release, and to allow the project to continuously evolve, and to be a mercurial shape-shifting entity from record to record. From the start, I just wanted to further myself as a traditional songwriter. At the core of the songwriting for Carousel is the desire for each song to have the ability to be performed with just a voice and acoustic guitar if ever the occasion called for it, while also having the ability to be belted out boisterously with full band.” says Stephen White.
The Orange Kyte’s garage rock sensibilities have been attracting increased attention, leading to opportunities for the band to play Levitation Vancouver and Desert Daze Festival in Joshua Tree, to tour the west coast with The Babe Rainbow, and to play alongside many of their favourite bands on the psych scene, not to mention ongoing support from Seattle’s KEXP, among other media outlets.
‘Carousel’ is available digitally across the net, including on Spotify, Apple Music and directly from the artist via Bandcamp, as well as on 12″ pink vinyl from Little Cloud Records (US/Canada) and Cardinal Fuzz(UK/EU). The Orange Kyte perform next in Dublin on March 14 at RRIC Music Club Dublin with Battle Skies.
Written by Stephen White
Produced by Chris van der Laan (Wars/Heavy Steps)
Mixed/Mastered by Josiah Webb (Magic Shoppe)
Stephen White – vox and guitars (all tracks) and bass (2,6)
Pierce Kingan – bass/vox
Mat Durie – keys, guitar
Matty Reed – sax
Dave Mulvaney – drums
Chris van der Laan – drums (2,6)
Josiah Webb – guitar, tambourine, percussion (tracks 3, 4, 7)
2. The Modern Day Saints
5. Little Death Balloon
6. Demonstration Garden
7. Sea Of Love / Ocean Of Hate
8. Infinity Rope
10. Captain Ron
Studio photos by Mel Yap
Live photos by Kerry-Lee Desousa