Review: Jonny Kearney And Lucy Farrell – Kite

It is an undeniable fact that Winter is fast approaching. Days of snowflaked scarves and mittens are intermingling with days of espadrilles and tee shirts – a theme which is somewhat represented in Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell’s new album, Kite. As we cling onto the few remaining shreds of Autumn, we need some soft and simple tunes to cradle us gently into this new season and Kite makes a fine and commendable attempt. Songs such as Down in Adairsville and Call Yourself A Friend of Mine are the perfect backdrop for crisp Winter days, with children playing amongst the autumnal foliage. Harmonies interweave like the falling leaves and soothing tunes flow seamlessly one after the other, to make this album almost like a continuous lullaby.

There’s A Disease is the first song, setting the tone for the rest of the album. With eerie harmonies and melancholic rhythms, there is somewhat a depressive state within the song, with lines such as “I don’t want to be heard” and “It’s only love” causing rise to this statement. The second track, Just Like The Old Days, dabbles between being dreamy and sluggish, creating an image of a scary carnival or circus due to the mixture of violins, clarinets and swooping vocals. Track eight reignites this feeling, verging on lethargic and rather repetitive. Due to the songs’ undemanding nature and simplicity, it is not an album which you would put on to specifically listen to; rather, it is album to which you can work to, sleep to, or entertain to, emphasising its unobtrusiveness, its subtlety and subdued nature. Attention does waver throughout, as a result of similarities between songs, with the occasion where one song unknowingly to the listener, slips into the next.

;Having said this however, there is a naivety and innocence to their songs, in particular Jack and Jill and I Write This Note, which is an endearing quality and makes for easy listening. The uncomplicated beauty of both voices and delicate songs such the as Winter Got Lost and Sing Low cannot be denied and during the entirety of the album, the instrumentals are unassuming, graceful effortless, only heightening the peaceful and relaxing nature of the album. 
Kite is available now, via Rabble Rouser Music
Ellie Witt



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