Aussie emotive electronic juggernaut, The Kite String Tangle, has finally graced our eager ears with his first self-titled full length album. With early releases like ‘The Prize (ft. Bridgette Amofah)’ and ‘Selfish’ fans were left with an everlasting sense of longing for the remainder of the album. A sense that was so beautifully summarised by the albums first track ‘Waiting’, a slow build and an obvious showing of Danny’s taste for house music builds the suspense just that little more before breaking out into the emotive voice that makes The Kite String Tangle so beautiful. The album itself isn’t made of simply two singles and 9 back tracks, no, instead there are 11 incredible tracks each as profoundly well produced and written songs. Flowing through dance/house hybrid melodies, we are taken on an emotional journey through the vocalised thoughts of Danny and what the last couple of years has brought to him. The vocals and instrumentals are locked into one of the most harmonious marriages to ever grace this planet, each part plays equal to the other with no fractures noticeable. This album is a testament to Danny’s artistic ability; one that I’m hoping we get to experience again through a sophomore album. Outlet spoke to Danny about what it took to make his debut album.
The first single of the record, ‘The Prize (ft. Bridgette Amofah)’, saw Danny try his hand in a major production role of his own film clips. Making it a celebration of home town talent, dancers from the Queensland Ballet were chosen for the clip.
“I wanted the video clip to complement the music and not distract from it and I think we’ve ended up with something really quite arresting and I hope people enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it”
–Danny Harley (The Kite String Tangle)
First of all congratulations on the release, how does it feel to have released your first full length album?
Thanks heaps 🙂 It’s been a long time coming and it’s my debut album so it definitely feels like a bit of a milestone. I’m just ready to have it out there and for people to hear it.
Your singles ‘Given the Chance’ and ‘Arcadia’ went huge a couple of years ago now, would you say that success changed the music you were making for the album?
I tried not to think about too many external factors like success or what other people might like. I think that mindset can get really toxic and probably doesn’t yield great results. Instead I just tried to make sure I was happy and proud of everything I was writing
To me it seems that this latest release explores more of the dance side of the electronic genre, was that something you’ve been playing around with or is it just a natural progression?
Yeah I think I’ve been listening to a bit more dance heavy stuff. I’m really into acts like Hudson Mohawk and Odesza but I’m also into general house and techno music too and that’s the kind of stuff that is probably shaping my music to sound how it sounds on this album without actually being particularly dance-y in comparison to artists deep in the dance genre
You’ve had an incredibly busy past year starting your own record label, how hard was it to find the time to create such an amazing album?
Super excited to have started my own label this year, that was a huge milestone too, something I’ve always wanted to do. To be honest though, the writing of the album has been mostly what I’ve been up to and what I’ve been focusing on. It’s taken almost three years which is crazy.
Just reading through some of your lyrics, they are pretty powerful and seem very personal, is there any certain events/people that inspired the music behind the album?
I think a lot of the album is shaped by personal thoughts about where I fit in to the world. I’ve been trying to find what happiness and success mean to me and have been trying to design my life a bit better but it’s such a confusing process and one that everyone is always going through. A lot of the tunes stemmed from those kind of thoughts
You’ve got a couple of shows coming up including Splendour, can we expect another tour over summer or will you take some well-deserved time off?
I’ll definitely be touring over summer for sure. October I think is when we’re looking at. Really excited to be on the road again to be honest 🙂
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