REVIEW: The Kite String Tangle @ Oxford Art Factory
I always identify Oxford Art Factory as being my favourite venue for a reason, and that being, it truly never fails to deliver a live music setting that you can’t really experience anywhere else (particularly in Sydney).
Danny Harley, aka the THE KITE STRING TANGLE on the third leg of his Australian mega-tour took to a sold-out stage with support from locals Nicole Millar and electronic producer Kilter.
Nicole Millar set the standard for the night, with her punchy combination of dreamy vocals and in-your-face sonic progressions to create this cocktail of sounds. Her powerhouse voice allowed for her to deliver a strong set to the ever-expanding crowd, and one of confronting diversity too. She’s definitely a voice to look out for, particularly as an up and coming singer/songwriter.
KILTER played a set that extended the guises of his signature beat sound, whilst dabbling with a somewhat tropical sound from some nifty sampled tracking. The crowd couldn’t get enough of this swirling absolution of sounds that reaffirmed the nights purpose and somewhat continued to solidify the amount of talent emerging from within Australia.
The steering steel drum samples played live added an original aura of sunny sounds to the driving beats created by Kilter, and even more so, were mixed and threaded in to a set filled with collaborative material, remixes and original tracks. The house was beginning to fill up, with both levels of the venue absolutely chockers with punters.
The Kite String Tangle himself put on a set that I could only really describe as something of eagerness and absolute confidence. The organic sampling behind the original track, “Commotion”, driven by the absolutely flawless vocals of Danny himself, showed this ability he has in commandeering the attention of the crowd and placing it in his own attention to absolute detail.
The set progressed with a stunning cover of Lorde’s “Tennis Court”, underpinned by a dreamy progression not dissimilar to that of the original track. The crowd, now packed to the absolute max capacity, watched in anticipation and eagerness, a lot of them having a good dance with friends. In true Valentine’s spirit, there was a proposal during the set; two lovely ladies celebrating their relationship.
Danny made a point of noting that this was indeed his first major tour, but in all honesty, he looked so comfortable with what he was doing, and it just seemed very organic. Closing off the set with original track “Given the Chance”, punters were given the chance to get down to this huge track, and live, it seemed even more so.
With these huge textural layers placed one on the other, the sampling splayed to absolute precision, the track seemed ethereal to some extent. What with the continuous inclusion and chopping and changing of each sound, and the ever-catchy melodic line sung by Danny, it truly was a fantastic end to a night that showed Sydney (for the second time) what the Kite String Tangle is all about.
With an EP on the way, and a year of huge milestones ahead, The Kite String Tangle is not only anticipated to be, but he honestly probably will be one of the biggest things to hit 2014.
Words by Caitlin Medcalf