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Losing / Glassy Eyes

    Swedish synth-pop phenomenon Kite’s second 7 inch since signing with Dais in 2023 finds the duo of Nicklas Stenemo and Christian Hutchinson Berg swinging for new heights of romantic desolation and baroque grandeur. They describe the A Side, “Losing,” as a “six-minute empty call for emotional response.” Stately piano and anguished voice reverberate in a vaulted hall, before gradually building into a widescreen anthem of synths, drums, and soaring vocals decrying the steady deadening of life and love: “It’s deadly quiet in your old heart / Are you there? / I see dark skies on the rise / And daylight shows no remorse / And I realize it is my life / But It’s losing all meaning.” Swedish dark music icons Anna von Hausswolff and Henric de la Cour join the chorus as the song cascades towards an ominous horizon.

    The B Side, “Glassy Eyes,” showcases Kite’s mastery of somber, sweeping balladry. Hushed church organ elevates and anchors Stenemo’s devastated confessional, swaying between resilience and defeat. The band describes the song as a reckoning with “the privileged and existential anxiety of drifting through life dispassionately,” contrasted with “the yearning to connect profoundly with

    others and a desire for experiences that stir the soul before facing one’s final moments.” Like a hymn, the emotion thickens as it deepens, approaching both darkness and divinity: “Deep as I go, nothing to find / Oh catatonia, I won’t cry / Nothing can grow, everything dies / Behind my glassy eyes.”


    A SIDE:
    Losing (feat. Anna Von Hausswolff & Henric De La Cour)

    B SIDE:
    Glassy Eyes

    Kirsty MacColl

    Kite - Half Speed Master Edition

      'Kite' flew out in the world in the spring of 1989, a whole decade after Kirsty MacColl had released her first single. It also came seven years after her last album, her debut, 'Desperate Character'. In the interim, she had a top ten hit with her harmony and jangle-drenched version of Billy Bragg’s 'A New England' in 1985, an evergreen Christmas hit, 1987’s 'Fairytale of New York', with The Pogues and two sons, Jamie and Louis, with her producer husband Steve Lillywhite. 'Kite' arrived like a bold, glossy statement of intent, full of songs she had written herself and with dear friends like Pete Glenister and Johnny Marr, plus one glistening Kinks cover, which felt like an appropriate choice. In finger-clicking country, Smithsy pop, ballads and modern protest songs, Kirsty was Ray Davies’ natural successor in song writing, observing fame, love and modern life with a sparkling, sensitive eye.

      Kite also contains flourishes of what was to come later for Kirsty. 'Dancing in Limbo' hints towards her later work’s Latin flavours. Finale 'You And Me Baby' prefigures the glorious soundworld of 1993’s 'Titanic Days'. Throughout the album, there is a confidence that bristles and burns, the sound of a woman finally seizing the day and having her time.

      Reissued as an all analogue half-speed master, remastered from the original tapes by Phil Kinrade at Air Studios, and featuring an exclusive liner essay from Kirsty MacColl expert and Guardian music critic Jude Rogers.


      1. Innocence
      2. Free World
      3. Mother’s Ruin
      4. Days
      5. No Victims
      6. Fifteen Minutes
      7. Don’t Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim!
      8. Tread Lightly
      9. What Pretty Girls Do?
      10. Dancing In Limbo
      11. The End Of A Perfect Day
      12. You & Me Baby


      Don’t Take The Light Away / Remember Me.

        Since founding Swedish synthpop duo KITE in 2008, singer Nicklas Stenemo and keyboardist Christian Hutchinson Berg’s brooding fusion of cinematic electronics and anthemic pop has steadily elevated into a spectacle of passion, atmosphere, and communion. Their debut double-A vinyl single for Dais Records, Don't take the light away / Remember me captures KITE at their most urgent, thrilling and apocalyptic.

        "Don't take the light away" is a song about “the war between energies, ”with singer Stenemo’s wounded croon leading a rising tide of stabbing strings, pulsing percussion, and looming bass orchestrated by keyboardist Hutchinson Berg, surging to a mass-chanted chorus both desperate and triumphant (“dance, let them dance into me / people versus people can’t see / hands should be holding hands”). "Remember me" was written following the band's 2017 US tour, capturing the intense feelings of burnout and exhaustion. "Remember me, Won't you remember me, Promise you'll remember me.

        "Words only tell half of the story; smoke spills across the stage, and the melodies become a battle cry. Our worst fears eventually boil over, turning into hope and resilience. Like the best of KITE’s music, "Don't take the light away" and "Remember me" fuse theater and catharsis into anthems of universal yearning, born of “the struggle to keep a flickering candle lit in a very dark space.”


        1. Don't Take The Light Away
        2. Remember Me

        'Red Kite' is the much-anticipated new solo album by Saint Etienne’s lead singer Sarah Cracknell. Musically, 'Red Kite' has a sophisticated, pastoral feel, drawing on classic 60s pop with less of a dance music influence than Saint Etienne. Sarah has co-written all the songs bar one cover version, ‘The Mutineer’. It’s fanfared by new single ‘Nothing Left To Talk About’, an uplifting indie-pop duet with guest vocalist Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers.

        The album was recorded at Big Pink, Oxfordshire and in Cardiff in winter 2014 and early 2015, and is co-produced by Carwyn Ellis of Colorama.


        01. On The Swings
        02. Nothing Left To Talk About (Feat Nicky Wire)
        03. In The Dark
        04. Ragdoll
        05. Underneath The Stars
        06. Hearts Are For Breaking
        07. Take The Silver (ft. The Rails)
        08. The Mutineer
        09. I Close My Eyes
        10. It’s Never Too Late
        11. I Am Not Your Enemy
        12. Favourite Chair

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