Swedish electronic duo Kite share video for pounding track “Demons & Shame” — watch

Dark pop music from the prolific Scandinavian duo

    Featured photo by Jonas Andersson

    When one hears something described as “pop music,” the expectation is typically something bright, buoyant, and danceable. This is not Kite’s sort of pop music. If anything, the Swedish duo is closer to LUH. with perhaps just the slightest hint of Lorde. Theirs is a dark, droning version of the genre focused on gripping electronic sounds and pounding rhythms.

    Just take a listen to the band’s latest single, “Demons & Shame”, as an example. There’s definitely something poppy about the song’s lyrical and emotional thrust, as it seeks to embolden those who find their hopes halted by life’s downturns. “Dreamers are the same,” goes the chorus, “Always with their demons and the shame/ They believe it before they see it.” But that encouragement is transmitted through some heavy electronics, drums pounding like a death march and synths rising like an eerie prayer. Yet just enough light breaks through all that inky noise to somehow actually give a sense of hopefulness.

    “Demons & Shame” is a song we wrote concerning the failures that someone has to live through in order to progress forward in life,” the band’s Nicklas Stenemo tells Consequence of Sound. “It’s about the demons we have to face when we lose confidence in what we do. It’s about all visionaries desperately holding on to their vision. ‘Dreamers are the same.’”


    The track comes via a video you can check out at the top of the page. Kite have just entered the US for their second-ever tour of the States, and you can find their itinerary below.

    Kite 2017 Tour Dates:
    03/02 – New York, NY @ Pianos
    03/04 – Washington, DC @ Spellbound
    03/05 – Richmond, VA @ Fallout
    03/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
    03/08 – Cleveland, OH @ Phantasy Nightclub
    03/09 – Detroit, MI @ Small’s Bar
    03/11 – La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse
    03/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Amsterdam
    03/17 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
    03/18 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
    03/19 – Dallas, TX @ Lizard Lounge
    03/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
    03/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
    03/26 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA
    03/28 – Portland, OR @ Lovecraft
    03/29 – Seattle, WA @ Highline