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Chasing Kites

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM CHASING KITES

According to an interview with Post-Burnout magazine back in July, Bristol indie fourpiece Chasing Kites formed as a counter to frontman Matt Donnelly’s former poppier project, pursuing a “raucous, aggressive sound” akin to his professed love for Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes. Headlining their hometown’s Mr Wolfs and featured as one of BBC’s ‘Big New Sound’, Donnelly’s latest creative venture looks set on a confident trajectory.

Just exactly where this liberated, wild edge lies is hard to tell. From the band’s debut single ‘Normandy’, a soft-rock formula across their subsequent indistinguishable singles is rigidly followed, seemingly to craft another plodding indie sog that sags tepidly against Donnelly’s earnest vocals. Prior songs like ‘Late Night’ or ‘Two Towns’ are oddly familiar in that they sound like the generic bed music accompanying any given mainstream summer festival’s TV highlights.

New single ‘Collide’ offers more of the same. Guitarist Liam Hope scores the song’s regaling of Donnelly’s parents’ youthful courtship with a genuinely affecting percolating jangle that ripples amid a sonic expanse of subtle synth atmosphere. The infinitely more interesting verse just about lulls you into a daydream meander that nearly floats into Spirit of Eden‘s heady introspection before a giant bucket of flat underwhelm is dunked all over you, the band retreating into the familiar territory of full-chested, surface indie masquerading as soulful stir.

Despite its stargazing tease, Chasing Kites have delivered another single which frustratingly lapses into corporate rock just when it dares to get interesting. Here’s hoping the next single successfully wields the pearls of impressionistic lure they clearly possess.

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