HOTLY TIPPED Leeds outfit KOYO have more than lived up to expectations with the release of their debut single ‘Tetrachromat’.
Delving into a catalogue of influences from post-rock, electronica, shoegaze and prog rock, the band have immediately indicated the extent of their capabilities with this bold and ambitious introduction. Combining tinges of psychedelia with wonderful layers of instrumentation, the track conjures vast and progressive soundscapes from the very outset; the lead harmonies hypnotising you over a backdrop of ambient guitars and lilting rhythms. With vibrant synths lifting the song into a dream-like state every now and then, it is an expansive and colourful composition that merges the sounds of the old and the new.
“When I was writing this song I was thinking a lot about the personal triumphs and defeats within your state of mind that you can go through in just one day,” frontman Huw Edwards explains. “How one day you can wake up with a will to change or conquer something in your life, but by the end of the day you’re slipping back into your own familiar insecurities.
“It has that lulling sound, existing somewhere between dreams and reality. Maybe that battle you’re going through is a conflict of dreams and reality. That’s ‘Tetrachromat’ really, sonically and lyrically it’s a day in the life and everything that comes in between. When you hear the full version, with part II, hopefully you’ll be able to gain more perspective on the idea.”
Having found themselves exploring bigger and more ambitious soundscapes, the band made the decision to expand to a five-piece and it is a move that has definitely paid off. Recalling the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive while harbouring a wholly 21st century sound that is reminiscent of Tame Impala and Mogwai, the band have been able to carve out a niche that is entirely their own.
With their debut album tipped for release at some point in 2017, more new music is expected from the band in the near future. Check out the debut single below.