White Kites

White Kite

London’s White Kites plough the same musical furrow as Metronomy or Hot Chip, making well-heeled, dreamy synth pop - check out their great debut single Swans.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 27 Jan 2017
  • min read
London’s White Kite plough the same musical furrow as Metronomy or Hot Chip, making well-heeled, dreamy synth pop.  

Only formed last year, the group’s roots lie in the friendship between Louis Shadwick (their chief songwriter) and Tom Dunning and their shared passions for modern productions and classic eighties alt songwriting.

Swans is their debut single, written and produced by Louis in the flat he shares with Tom and other bandmate (and the latter’s twin brother) Will.

At times dreamy in a similar vein to the likes of Talk Talk or Scritti Politti yet with a contemporary sheen, Louis describes the song as ‘about trying to choose between two different kinds of love… how the grass always seems greener when desire takes over, and how you try to justify that weakness to yourself’. You can find out yourself by giving it a listen below and get to know them a little better in our 30 seconds interview...

I first started writing music because…
It was the best way of capturing the things I was going through. I treat it like a diary.

We have been making music since…
We were teenagers.

Our music is…
Introspective, electronic, cinematic.

You'll like our music if you listen to...
James Blake, Tame Impala, Boards Of Canada, Radiohead.

Our favourite venue is…
Alexandra Palace. There’s no other venue like it.

Music is important because…
It has the power to communicate in ways that nothing else can.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Talk Talk's album Spirit of Eden.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Right now, probably Kevin Parker.

To try us out, listen to my song…
Swans.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Making more money.

In 10 years’ time we want to be...
Still alive, still making music.

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Listen to Swans below.