Young Love

Kye Kye is a smaller Indie/electronic pop band from Camas, WA. They released one previous s/t album under their original name, Paper Rings ” in 2008 and now they’re back for more with a new band name and a more mature sound. Kye Kye’s music could be described as a cross between Owl City’s electronic beats and synths meets Eisley’s emo-mentality and vocals.

Young Love was produced engineered and mixed by Eric Owyoung (Future of Forestry) at his studio in Thousand Oaks CA and his influence is noticed all throughout this album. The sound of Young Love is simple yet complex at the same time and uses both low-tech acoustic guitar riffs and hi-tech beats to create a beautiful landscape full of intrigue and mystery. One of the biggest elements that will set them apart from “the pack” is Olga Yagolnikov’s unique vocal style that fits Tommy Phelan’s bouncing drums Alex Yagolnikov’s peaceful piano playing and Timothy Yagolnikov’s funky programming like a rubber glove.

Now on to the lyrics: the words and the meanings in Young Love are amazing and they’re almost all based off of different verses from the Bible ranging from the New Testament to the Old Testament. The content of each song varies from a simple stanza to five- or six-stanzas long. It doesn’t matter how long or short the lyrics and/or the song is it still carries an interesting message that I’m not going to spoil. Also if you want to get Young Love I suggest the physical copy because you can read the lyrics instead of guessing them.

I must admit that I am not a huge fan of the electronic genre; therefore this album shocked me with its smooth and gentle loops and choruses. Young Love is creative all the way through from the album artwork to the synths that send the listener to another world and the enchanting vocal performances by Olga. This finely crafted album had this reviewer’s mind spinning and in the end I just had one thing to say: an understated “Wow!

This is definitely a great choice for people who like artsy music and something new and different to listen to instead of all that boring rock and pop music.

Brian Morrissette