Lustre is out now!
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The musical project of Danny Harley, The Kite String Tangle has unveiled his third studio album, Lustre. To celebrate the release, the musician has curated an exclusive playlist for MILKY, My Soundtrack to Making ‘Lustre’.
“It’s probably the happiest I’ve ever been with a record… I feel like it’s more cohesive, there’s themes of positivity and change, which have been for the greater good” the musician shares. “It doesn’t feel like I’m doing the same kind of music I was doing three years ago, and definitely not six years ago, so it feels like progression and I hope it resonates with people, but most importantly it resonates with me… You need to be able to look back in 10 years and say that was the best I could do at that time and I stand by it.”
The Kite String Tangle will host headline performances at Sydney's Oxford Art Factory on November 3 and Melbourne's Howler on November 11, before taking to the stage at Cry Baby Festival, Adelaide's Cry Baby Festival on November 25. Tickets are on sale now.
BICEP – GLUE
This song (and the whole album it came from) was a bit of a turning point for Bicep and I feel like it’s when a lot of people, myself included, really got behind the act as there was so much to dive into. I feel like their decision to release bodies of work in albums set them apart from other artists in the same genre. The euphoric nature of the music and the understated production was something I definitely resonated with and used as inspiration in my own music.
TOURIST X ELDERBROOK – HOWL
I tend to lean into the more emotive side of electronic music and this is a perfect example of that. I’m a big fan of both individual artists and so this was a dream collab. It has it all, uplifting harmony, a lead vocal that you want to sing along with, and a beat you can’t stand still to.
RÜFÜS DU SOL – SOLACE
This is off an album from 2019 or so, but I remember it really caught my attention because it was so much more subdued than the others on the record. I grew up listening to pop punk and there was always an acoustic song towards the end of the record and I feel like this song serves the same purpose. Deeply emotional and nostalgic.
JAMIE XX – KILL DEM
Jamie XX has been a constant source of production inspiration. He always takes the listener on a sonic journey and the sounds he uses are always really creative and unique without distracting from the overall groove. He’s an absolute master of his craft.
BRONSON – KNOW ME FEAT. GALLANT (CASSIAN REMIX)
Always super inspired by Cassian’s production and mixing, this is one of his best remixes in my opinion, and from a track I was already in love with. Huge win.
JUNGLE – CASI
I definitely listened to a tonne of Jungle when I was writing Lustre. I think there’s definitely some vocal inspiration that comes through on the record. But to be honest, they’re pretty untouchable in terms of vibe and uniqueness.
MAX COOPER – PERPETUAL MOTION
Always been a huge fan of Max Cooper and his music and visuals. I love the textures he uses and how he manages to tell a story without vocals.
CAMELPHAT X LONDON GRAMMAR – HIGHER
Another dream collab for me. I’ve always been mesmerised by Hannah’s vocal delivery and in contrast I love the CamelPhat production and it somehow works so well together.
MILD MINDS – FORMATIONS
This was an album I rinsed the whole way through writing my record. I think he’s just so consistent in vibe that it makes it really easy to put on.
FRED AGAIN.. X THE BLESSED MADONNA - MAREA (WE'VE LOST DANCING)
For a playlist that focuses on inspiration for an album written in lockdown, I’d be remiss to not include this one. Took the world by storm and launched this guy into the stratosphere. I gladly drank the kool-aid also.
Lustre is out now!