Alex Kyle is a singer-songwriter from the UK writing between the folk, rock and alternative acoustic genres. Armed with only a 12 string guitar, a big voice and even bigger heart, Alex writes original and unique songs about the things that make us tick, the journeys we take and the emotions we feel. Alex’s most recent EP, “Road To The River”, was recorded in the summer of 2015 at The Ark Studios, Willoughby.
There is something truly special about the music of Alex Kyle. If you can’t feel his vibe across the 4 tracks on “Road To The River”, then I feel sorry for you. Kyle blends full organic beats with his traditional bare-boned folk style to produce a superb recording of simple melodies and uncomplicated rhythms.
Simply put, Alex Kyle has managed to create not just EP, but a mood, and an emotion. If you’re tired of music without meaning, then pop this into your player, and let this recording change all that.
Kyle in some way reminds me of very early Cat Stevens, and has given me hope that some good music is still managing to filter through the teen pop that fill the radio. “Road To The River” gives us an enthusiastic musical insight into the psyche of a true singer-songwriter, a rarity in the technological age.
This is a recording which you can listen to repeatedly day after day and not grow tired of. There are no incessant monotonous beats or loudly shouted foul language to deal with. This is simply gentle and gorgeous melodies to daydream by.
The songs of course are wonderful in their simplicity, but so are the instrumental backings, which fit the songs so well, and make them even more pleasurable to listen to. Alex Kyle’s voice is distinctively elegant and unobtrusive as he breathes life into each song he sings.
If he wants to, Kyle can also turn up the energy cycles, as he does on the upbeat “Bullet”, but I much prefer reminiscing nostalgically to sweeter tunes such “Road To The River” and “By Your Side”. Of course, besides being an able tunesmith, Kyle is also a more than capable storyteller.
His lyrics and easy sounds traveled with me through my wander-lusting imagination as I pictured myself in a string of mysteriously unconscious experiences listening to “Tuesday Knight”.
With a mature, vulnerable sound, this record is a triumphant compact collection of personal songs, each with a strong, unique tempo and concept. Full of colorful and wise lyrics, the intonation and powerful emotion in Kyle’s expressive, voice makes the songs what they are, because he truly feels the music and draws the listener in.
The rest is achieved via the solid performances by the band, consisting of Alex Kyle (Vocals, 6 and 12 String Guitars), Gina Kyle (Vocals), Jay Rispin (Bass Guitar) and Steve Allen (Piano, Keys, FXs & Production).