There’s usually something quite special going on when a family band takes the stage, roots that bind, kinda thing. And with this quartet named Kye Kye, chalk one up to certainly no exception.
They are classified as an electronic or synth/pop band, I’m not fond of labels, but think M83 meets Florence and the Machine. Mesmerising, just beautiful, angelic sound with perfectly matched harmony from her brother, and a slew of electronic instruments to create an ethereal landscape of music, nice.
These three Estonian-born siblings, perform with a special closeness, not only vocally but also instrumentally. The band is made up of Olga on lead vocals, Alex on keys, and Timothy Yagolnikov on guitar, keys and programming, along with Olga’s husband, Thomas Phelan on Drums.
Before researching for the event, I hadn’t heard of them, when they were just pre-school age, their family relocated to Portland. Apparently Oregonians have heard of them, just Google it and you’ll find millions of hits.
The band’s name derives from a Greek symbol for Christ, so spirituality figures into their music, which is obvious in many of the songs, but they do not want to be labeled as a Christian band. Yes, they are all Christians, but would rather avoid stereotypes and excluding any would-be fans. They’re not pushing their religion on anyone, just creating honest music.
Performing songs with a complex layered sound, the evening went almost without a hitch. About 3 or 4 songs into the show, the stage lost power, it only took a few minutes to get things back on line and the band was unfazed and handled the surprise like pros.
Olga’s vocals were impeccable for the entire show, very impressive. The stage was bare bones, lighting was okay, the live video was super, which showed various camera angles, on a large high resolution video screen behind the stage, including one which zipped above the crowd, suspended on a cable.
The problem you can run into with this style of music though, is it can come off as soulless, lots of razzle dazzle inherent in an electronic sound. But not here, Olga’s vocals and animated stage presence lifted them to another level, they managed to create a warm buzz, and although the crowd was far from huge, everyone was feeling the love.
They have released two albums, Young Love (2011), a record with an abundance of heartfelt words and Fantasize (2014) following in the same vein. They crowd funded the latter and raised $40,000 in 30 days, great support from the fan base and a well-produced album to show for it. Their resume also includes songs for soundtracks, television series and commercials.
“Honest Affection,” is there current single and the video is a cinematic love story set in World War II-era Japan, again well-made and with a hipster-frinedly style, it’s worth a few minutes to check it out.
Big thanks going out to the folks a Church Simplified, nice work an other great production…