ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2014: The Kite String Tangle
THE KITE STRING TANGLE is the solo project of Brisbane electronic musician Danny Harley, someone who undoubtedly deserves his spot in the Purple Sneakers ‘Artists To Watch In 2014’ series.
After launching just over a year and a half ago he has been gaining continuous attention, clocking over 14 000 Facebook fans and selling out all seven shows on his recent Australian tour.
His track ‘Given The Chance’ is one of my favourites of the year and is bound to do particularly well in the Triple J Hottest 100 which will be officially announced early next year. Consisting of smooth, ambient, electronica and extremely catchy vocals, it has had a hugely impressive 731 000 plays on Soundcloud.
The song also copped a lot of praise from some familiar names in the radio world including Triple J Unearthed‘s Music Director Dave Ruby Howe, who gave it 4/5 stars stating that “the vocal will draw comparisons to James Blake, which is no bad thing but it’s in an altered context of this surprising track that nimbly moves from low-key electronics to popping samples and bleeps. Very cool stuff”.
On top of all these outstanding achievements, THE KITE STRING TANGLE has been given support slots for some pretty significant names in music such as MS MR, GOLD PANDA, RUFUS and OWL EYES.
Proving that he has talent well and truly beyond electronics, TKST took part in a beautiful cover of THE MIDDLE EAST‘s ‘The Darkest Side’ for Sunday Washup TV. In this video you’ll be able to hear Danny’s wonderful vocals, as he is armed with an acoustic guitar and accompanied by a cello player.
If you’re lucky enough to be heading along to Falls Festival in Byron Bay or Wonderland Festival in Fremantle over the new year period, do yourself a massive favour and witness his live show as you certainly won’t be disappointed. We strongly believe 2014 will be when THE KITE STRING TANGLE really starts to receive the recognition he deserves and we can’t wait to hear what new material he has in store for us in the future.
Words by Tony Kingston