Once, literary progression went hand in hand with pop culture.
New bands would emerge who proclaimed a love for both Kerouac and The Kinks, Bukowski and Bowie. Recently, though, indie rock's library card appears to have gone missing, with bands taking inspiration from other areas.
Which is why Red Kite are so refreshing. Named in honour of the avian species successfully re-introduced to the UK, the band utilise a very personal brand of songwriting, one which touches on literary greats.
New album 'Songs For Crow' was composed across a two year period; two years which shook the band to their core. Touching on themes of love, loss, masculinity and death, it lyrically boasts the influence of Ted Hughes.
Lauded for his poem 'Crow' the English writer's stamp is all over Red Kite's work. New cut 'Dance With Crow' is brooding, menacing and more than a little introspective.
Watch it now.
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'Songs For Crow' is set to be released on November 5th. Tracklisting:
1. The Gathering Storm
4. Dance With Crow
5. Spanish Courtyard
7. Saddle Up, Son
9. Red Blooded Males
10. No Painter of Note
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