Not a whole lot is yet known about the darkly tinted electronipop act Kate Boy, except that three of them hail from Sweden, and one from Australia. Earlier this month, the group went from obscurity to growing concern when their track “Northern Lights” was suddenly spackled across the blogosphere with much ado. But the excitement wasn’t for naught. The song and, by extension, its video (watch that below) are as subtly hypnotic as they are propulsively powerful.
Now we’ve got the promise of a full Northern Lights EP due January 22 via IAMSOUND (Salem, Lord Huron, Charli XCX), and a second song to hear, “In Your Eyes.” While perhaps not quite as exciting as the Peter Gabriel cover we expected it to be, its subdued yet engrossing nature makes a case for Kate Boy being more than a one-trick pony. Mentions of the Knife have been pretty much unavoidable so far, though Jessie Ware and Little Dragon also come to mind, and, for the record, the band isn’t put off by the comparison:
Heard a rumor saying Olof Dreijer produced us. We take that as a compliment.
— KATE BOY (@KATEBOYofficial) November 29, 2012
SPIN reached out to the band for comment, and received this simple but telling missive: “The snow is falling outside the window but we are sitting inside our studio, heated only with constantly running synths and computers. We are working on our forthcoming Kate Boy album and we are so longing to get out there and play live. But for now we need to keep indoors, so we send you this new track ‘In Your Eyes’, the B-side on our debut EP.”
Kate Boy’s “In Your Eyes” streaming via SoundCloud:
The SIKOW-directed “Northern Lights” video: