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|Nightshift - where would the Oxford music scene be without a free music paper? First there was 'Local Support', then there was 'Curfew' and now 'Nightshift' (actually a long long time ago there was 'Charlie Horse', no really, and 'The Back-Street Bugle', but I won't mention them in case people start wondering how old I am...). Here's a review of blue kite's 'mobile' CD written for Nightshift by Dale Kattack.|
Dale Kattack: “Currently proud owners of the title Best Oxford Band You’ve Probably Never Heard Of, blue kite have played one gig ever – and that at a private party – and had one track – the haunting ‘Arc Weld’ on 1996’s OXCD compilation. So unless you’ve been extremely lucky, you’ve missed out so far. This mini-album will hopefully go some way to rectifying the situation.
blue kite are essentially ex-Anyways people Alan Buckley and Pete Lock, plus Mark Price and assorted chums (including fellow erstwhile Anyway Trudy). Discreet is their middle name and you couldn’t dance to them for all the drugs in the world. blue kite’s is a smoky sensual world of shuffling jazz beats, shimmering delay-heavy guitars and understated vocals that cry out to be emanating from the darkest corner of a subterranean whiskey bar. Tracks like ‘Into The Crowd’ and ‘Safe Tonight’ echo John Barry’s mood themes and sound effortlessly cool, all gentle crescendos and a warm hazy sense of comfort.
The bands share vocal duties and Pete’s fragile falsetto contrasts well with Trudy’s strident tones and Liz Woolley’s soft jazz diva croon. ‘Crossing Charlotte Street’ stands out simply for sounding relatively wired as dark narrative passages make way for a more otherworldly chorus with Pete’s vocals and a cello neatly stretching the melody. Only ‘Swim in Colours’ lets the album down because it sounds like it’s been recorded on auto pilot and tends to drift somewhat. Rather better is “(Some of) Mary Shelley’s Blues” with Trudy up-front and definite echoes of ‘The Anyways’ gentle psychededlic folk-pop hanging on the breeze.
Blue kite would probably epitomise that “we make music for ourselves and if anyone else gets to hear it that’s a bonus” adage. Behind locked doors and frosted windows they simply go about the art of creating unassuming wonderful music. The last track on the album is called ‘The Sound That Groups Make’. If only it were the sound that more groups made”.
Go to the original Nightshift Feb01