Fighting Kites: Fighting Kites

The first album from London’s Fighting Kites is a beautiful thing. We knew it would be from the split EP they did with Broken Shoulder on the Audio Antihero label (mentioned here) but this Variant Records release is really lovely. If it’s post-rock – the label everyone has to dance around when reviewing it – it’s definitely in the Tortoise corner. None of these ten instrumentals travels in a straight line, they weave and bob and dip like birds in flight, or kites on a fitful breeze. Melodic guitar and subtle rhythms make this pop music of a sort – catchy, smile-on-the-face, sunny – but it’s the sort we rarely get. It really should be the soundtrack for this summer, all over the radio and the football round-ups until we get sick of it like you get sick of over-indulging in ice cream or other good things.

Here’s ‘Carlos Mends Shoulder’, available to download too:

And a video for ‘Chuck Close’ (I had to watch bits of this through my fingers):

Highly recommended, I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t like this. Buy it here – the cd will be available on the 7th of May but you get an immediate download.



Posted on March 27, 2012, in Album reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. “kites on a fitful breeze”? Very nice. As are the sounds. Must buy.

  2. Hmm, maybe a bit of purple prose there. But yes, do buy it, it’s ace

  3. Some nice footage of Gaston Rebuffat climbing in the Mont Blanc Massif.

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