Kettle of Kites – Supernova (Video Premiere)
Watch the video for Supernova, the latest single from Kettle of Kites
Tom Stearn (formerly of Admiral Fallow) is set to release Arrows, the second album with his band Kettle of Kites this October. With a sci-fi theme running throughout the record, their latest single Supernova takes its inspiration from the works of Isaac Asimov. "Supernova is in fact a love story between a robot and a human," Stearn says, "but it's not clear which is the human and which is the robot.
"It's a reflection on what love really is, how it affects us and where the line is between the realities and fictions we tell ourselves, between 'programmed' feelings and the inexplicable reasons we love something or someone." The Skinny are delighted to be premiering the video for Supernova, filmed by Tiziano Colucci, which you can watch in the above YouTube player – click here if it's not displaying correctly.
"Supernova is the last [single] we're putting out before the album is released in October," Stearn tells us, "and I think out of all the tracks on the record it's one which best represents the kind of music we're making. As a band I would say we're into artists who manage to blend styles and instruments, both acoustic and electronic.
"I reckon you can hear that influence in Supernova as well as in much of the album – we use a mix of acoustic and electric sounds with colour added from synths and electronic drum samples. The music video for the track plays off that same contrast by using images where the natural and man-made worlds coexist.
"I wrote the bones of the song on a seriously bashed-up old nylon-string guitar; although the guitar sounded terrible, it worked really well for this tune and pushed me to develop the main riff with our guitarist Marco [Giongrandi] to get the mix of nylon and electric guitar which characterises the track. We recorded the song, as with the rest of the album, at El Fish studio in Italy with Emi Cioncoloni before sending it off to Australia to Nick Huggins and Ben Talbot-Dunn at A Pocket Full of Stones studio to be mixed and mastered. We love working with those guys!"