Interview: London three-piece, KYLYPSO

At first listen, KYLYPSO’s newest track, “Skies Are”, had me in its synth-rich grasp. Before I go further, check it out:

I had to get to the bottom of it all so I asked the guys some questions about their sound, London’s sound and what more they’ve got coming our way . Check it out:

MFL: Who makes up KYLYPSO, what are your roles in the band (both musical and otherwise) and how did you all come together?


Rudi + Tom + Hugh = Kylypso 

Rudi plays guitar and Ableton, Tom plays bass and keys, Hugh plays keys and Ableton. We are a combination of session players and producers. The writing side of things is very much a three part collaborative effort. We all came together because Tom once needed an organ player….Rudi joined his band for a few gigs and struck up a friendship based on mutual love for compressors and beer…..Hugh once mixed a track in the early days of Kylypso and ended up getting so involved in the song that we brought him in on the writing process – he seamlessly integrated from there really.

MFL: What musical acts out there do you think you sound like? Are there any you are trying to channel in particular?

K: We often say we sound like the baby of Caribou and Tame Impala. Recently we are venturing towards more groove based – almost 70s pop sounds…..bands like Parcels. We really dig Jadu Heart – we love their luxurious aesthetics.

MFL: How does London inspire your sound?

K: Directly, we sometimes try to get in some phone recordings from around London into the production of songs. It can really intensely colour a section of music with a certain atmosphere. Otherwise London always has something happening –  it’s relatively easy to keep in the loop on new bands popping up. 

MFL: If I were to travel to London to take a bite out of the local music scene, what are three local acts I could NOT miss?

K: Flyte have been a great live band…if you are about when they have a show – I challenge you to be disappointed. 

MFL: What is your take on the trajectory that music release is taking? Are you happy to kiss CDs goodbye? I still love a good mix CD.

K [Rudi]: I subscribe to the “Music like water” model….if you see the streaming services like tapwater…then music in other, more exclusive comprehensive forms will cost more – bottled water being a deluxe album to download, special magic mountain water costing lots, maybe could be equivalent to a vinyl. 

We are basing our releases around Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud and making cassette tapes.

MFL: When you listen to a song, what is it that hooks you? Lyrics, chorus, melody, instrumentation for example.

K [Rudi]: I think it could be any of these – we each have particular elements we are drawn to personally/creatively. Sometimes on first listen a track may not appeal, then a mate will say – hey have you noticed this, and completely change the angle you see and hear it from. 

MFL: When/if you play live, are you experimenting with other songs besides the three you have released thus far?

K: Yes, we have added quite a few new songs to the set….we are experimenting with different ways to play the songs live, too. We like to approach the live side of things with a bit of experimentation and exploration – not always just play the song back as the recording. 

MFL: Do you fellows have any goals for KYLYPSO before 2017 comes to a close? 

K: Yes, we have an EP to release, a lot of recordings to finish and hopefully some gigs to play. Big plans, big sounds…onwards! Oh & we are throwing an Art Casual party on the 13th of October at Carmelite Cafe in Bow.

Big thank you to the fellows of KYLYPSO for taking the time out of writing music etc to answer my questions. If you’re in London, don’t forget to stop by Carmelite Cafe in Bow on October 13th!

Amplify Peace Tour: Saving Syrian lives with music

The tour is sponsored by the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and features several Arab-American musicians including Kayem, Bassel & The Supernaturals among others. The tour is October 19th-28th and begins in Louisville, Kentucky. The playlist below introduces you to the musicians and click HERE to find more information about the even and how to purchase tickets:


10/19: Louisville, KY – Tim Faulkner Gallery

10/20: Naperville, IL – The Union, NCC

10/21: Bloomington, IN – Players Pub

10/22: Chicago, IL – Alhambra

10/23: Dearborn, MI – Arab American National Museum*

10/24: Cleveland, Ohio – Beachland Ballroom*

10/25: New York, NY – SOB’s

10/26: Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary

10/27: TBA*

10/28: Washington, D.C. – Kennedy Center

10/28: Washington, D.C. – Tropicalia

*Dates with asterisks are pending.

Cut Worms debuts with music video for “Like Going Down Sideways”

Max Clarke, the man behind Cut Worms, is based out of NY and his debut record, Alien Sunset, is due out October 20th on Jagjaguwar. The first single accompanied by video, “Like Going Down Sideways”, is a poetic piece that sounds and looks like it came out of the past. Clarke’s voice and instrumental qualities are beautifully aged. The video is shot in a way that also gives the viewer the feeling that they’re viewing something from another generation. About the video Clarke says:

“My girlfriend Caroline filmed and directed the video,” says Clarke. “We shot it on a combination of Super 8 and VHS over the course of a couple weekends in a variety of locations in the New England area—at a 4th of July Barn Party in New Hampshire; at a house in the Berkshires in Massachusetts; At a graveyard; At a Taconic Sculpture Garden which we spotted while driving on the highway. The narrative is intentionally loose like a home movie, and the desired effect was to be like walking into a room where someone is showing found footage and just having to take it for what it is… whatever that is.”



Look for Alien Sunset October 20th and keep in eye out for him as he may be passing through your town in support of his debut record:

Fri. Sep. 22 || Toronto, ON || Lee’s Palace *
Sat. Sep. 23 || Toronto, ON || Lee’s Palace *
Thur. Sep. 28 || Cambridge, MA || The Sinclair *
Fri. Sep. 29 || Asbury Park, NJ || Stone Pony *
Sat. Sep. 30 || Washington, DC || Black Cat *
Fri. Oct. 20 || Los Angeles, CA || Teragram *
Sat. Oct. 21 || Los Angeles, CA || Teragram *
Sun. Oct 22 || Nashville, TN || City Winery ^
Tue. Oct. 24 || St. Louis, MO || Delmar Hall ^
Wed. Oct. 25 || Kansas City, MO || Knuckleheads ^
Fri. Oct. 27 || St. Paul, MN || Turf Club ^
Sat. Oct. 28 || St. Paul, MN || Turf Club ^
Sun. Oct. 29 || Milwaukee, MN || Turner Hall ^
Tue. Oct. 31 || Chicago, IL || Lincoln Hall ^
Thur. Nov. 2 || Brooklyn, NY || Baby’s All Right (EP Release Show)

* = w/ The Lemon Twigs
^ = w/ Nick Lowe

Album Review: “Geometry” by ESC

The album opens with my favorite cut, “Woodvine.” Slide guitar and a whimsy, dream-like melody lead you into ESC’s debut record, Geometry. Dale Hiscock, the man behind ESC, was born, raised, and part of multiple musical projects in the very place I’ve spent the past decade of my life, Bozeman, Montana. Somehow, we never crossed paths in this little place called Bozeman but now music has crossed our paths. Dale, based out of Boise, Idaho now, is making music of his own but also finding ways to incorporate the local music scene. When introducing his music to me he related his sound to bands like “American Football, Radical Face, Local Natives and stuff like that.” There is something comforting and familiar about ESC’s music but it simultaneously stands on its own. I second his likeness to the bands he mentioned. But, I also hear a bit of Death Cab For Cutie slip in there on “So it Goes”, a gentle track with thumping rhythms, a deep underlying bassline, and a catchy guitar lick that stitches it all together.



Upon listening to Geometry in one sitting, the seven tracks fly by but in no real hurry. The general mood of the record is slow motion; mellow. “Real Estate” is a purely instrumental track. Its hypnotic nature requires no lyrics and allows the listener’s thoughts to ebb and flow with the changing instruments while the drum beat remains constant. “Fireflies” finishes with a beautiful, and all too short, piano version of the songs’ melody, again highlighting the fact that this record is not rushing to get you to the final cuts.

You can purchase Geometry on Bandcamp and follow ESC on Facebook and Soundcloud as well.

Mike Kosec of NJ shares his first record at 66

Mike Kosec is based out of central New Jersey and found his passion for writing and creating music at a late age: 66. But this isn’t stopping Mike. He released his debut full length, Sun and Shade, earlier this month. According to Mike his songs are ” about love and relationships, comings and goings, saving open space, and saying goodbye while always remembering the memory of hello.  Along the way, there is a humorous tall tale about love too.”

He writes his music and lyrics purely from his heart and tells a beautiful story. Just this week, his music became available on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby. You can also find it on Bandcamp.

Check out one of my favorites, “Winter on the Boardwalk”: