Kite Base, the two-piece band consisting of bass guitarists Ayse Hassan (Savages) and Kendra Frost, have announced their forthcoming electronic post-punk debut full-length, ‘Latent Whispers,’ which will be out on May 26. The band has delivered a dark, ethereal and deceivingly sensitive collection. The duo previously shared videos for album tracks Soothe, Dadum and Transition as well as a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song Something I Can Never Have, which quickly caught the attention of Pitchfork and was praised by Trent Reznor himself. Watch the video for Soothe via YouTube below.
Recorded partly in their homes and finalized in a basement in Hoxton once known as ‘MemeTune’ (the studio of Benge Edwards of Wrangler and John Foxx and The Maths), the self-produced album was engineered & mixed by Chris Hamilton (Squarepusher). Early Kite Base singles have garnered radio play on KEXP from John Richards as well as BBC Radio 6 from Mary Anne Hobbs, Marc Riley and Chris Hawkins. The band has also done a Radio X session with John Kennedy today.
Kite Base is the outcome of two friends with complementary yet contrasting approaches and a goal to realise a shared passion for the lower end frequencies, melody and beats. The disparate nature of two basses working together is a springboard for the moody yet melodic sound. Effortlessly introducing the intricacy of electronics and vocal harmonies has created a powerful record.
‘Latent Whispers’ tracklisting
6. Peripheral Vision
9. Miracle Waves
UK tour dates
5/1: Leeds @ Brudenell *
5/2: London @ Lexington *
5/3: Brighton @ Green Door Store *
6/3: London @ Field Day
6/7: Glasgow @ Hug & Pint
6/8: Newcastle @ Underground
6/9: Manchester @ Night & Day
6/10: Macedonia @ Skopje Festival (w/ Slowdive)
6/11: Leeds @ Brudenell Games Room
6/12: Brighton @ Prince Albert
6/13: Birmingham @ Sunflower Lounge
6/14: Bristol @ Lousiana
6/20: London @ Corsica Studios
6/25: Glastonbury @ Glade Stage, 6pm
* = supporting Thor & Friends