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The White Kites — Devillusion
(Bandcamp no#, 2020, CD / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2021-01-12

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Six years after their debut album, Polish band The White Kites return with a very mature sophomore release, Devillusion. Fronted by British vocalist Sean Palmer, The White Kites present fourteen songs that draw heavily on 60s and 70s Brit psych-pop-prog. In addition to Sean, today the band includes Jakub Lenarczyk (keyboards), Przemek Piłaciński (guitar), Paweł Betley (flute, percussion, and vocals), Maria Białota (Rhodes piano and bass), Jakub Tolak (drums) and guest musicians Ola Bilińska (vocals), Bartek Woźniak (guitar), Kararzyna Gaweł (saxophone), and Darek Falana (clarinet). The resulting album is quite remarkable, and Sean’s theatrical background shows up in a number of music hall songs. The production is crystal clear and the music is great, ranging from the funky R&B opening track, “Spinning Lizzie,” to the nightmarish children’s tale “Not a Brownie” to the eerie electronics on “Frozen Heartland” to the dreamy 60s melodic prog story of Barney Button and his hunt for a “Dragon.” There is also some Syd Barrett influence on “Blurred” and Genesis’ Wind and Wuthering on “Mysteries in the Sky.” And if that is not enough for you, Mellotron lovers will enjoy “Mother Mars.” So if you are a fan of psychedelic, Baroque pop, Canterbury sound, Broadway musicals, and full-flavored rock, check out Devillusion.

Filed under: New releases, 2020 releases

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