Live: The Kite String Tangle @ Northcote Social Club – 17/02/14

As The Kite String Tangle proudly told the crowd at his third Melbourne show, he has sold out every single ticket of his 12-date national headline tour (including four Melbourne shows) with only a handful of original songs on his Soundcloud and no EP to speak of. Danny Harley hails from Brisbane and started his journey as The Kite String Tangle back in May 2012. His music is best described as ambient and ethereal electronic, with plenty of cool beats, sample usage and vocal layering.It was a busy crowd in the intimate setting of the Northcote Social Club. At one stage Harley did mention that it “seems fuller than it did the last two nights… and rowdier”. Perhaps this was due to it being a Monday night, when all the uni students come out to play? The Kite String Tangle had created an atmospheric setup with a fog machine that seemed to continuously run throughout his set. In lieu of the lasers and flashing lights that are usually seen at electronic music gigs, Harley instead used old-school light bulbs and fluorescent lighting to decorate his stage. Add in his mop of curly, half-shaven hair, tightly buttoned shirt, and where else could we be but Northcote? Straight from the start, it was obvious how multi-talented Harley is. Throughout the set, he constantly switched between all his equipment and instruments, as well as supplied the vocals in every song.It was perhaps slightly difficult for the audience to fully engage with all of The Kite String Tangle’s original music as he has only released a limited amount to the public; however, it wasn’t hard to get into the great music regardless, particularly as he definitely made an effort to keep his show entertaining. During the second song he played, ‘What If’, and one of his last of the night, ’The Words’, Harley put on a show by expressively and almost theatrically smashing it out on the electronic drum kit. He also struck a perfect balance between performing the music and interacting with the crowd.A highlight was definitely Harley’s sultry cover of Lorde’s ‘Tennis Court’, which showed off his Chet Faker-esque vocals. Both he and the crowd got into it and there was quite an endearing moment when, in unison, the audience provided the back up vocals and sung back the echoing “yeah”.Another highlight was a fun duet with Back Back Forward Punch‘s singer, Laura Boland halfway through his set. He told the crowd that he had created this song with a girl from his hometown Brisbane, but is having a different girl sing it in every state of this national tour. The introduction of a different set of vocals definitely gave the set more variety and kept it exciting.Towards the end, The Kite String Tangle roused the audience by playing one of his more famous tunes ‘Commotion’, but it was nothing in comparison to the excitement when he ended the show with ‘Given the Chance’, a track that needed no introduction. A hugely popular song last year, ‘Given the Chance’ is definitely the one that launched The Kite String Tangle from the unknown to where he is now.Keep a look out for an EP being released in April! 4 out of 5 starsReview by Jane Liang 

February 25th 2014
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