Review: Kate Boy – ‘Midnight Sun’

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The electropop track is strong and captivating, but is lyrically repetitive and monotonous.

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New single ‘Midnight Sun’ follows previous Kate Boy singles, including the great ‘Self Control’, and is yet another teaser for the band’s upcoming debut record.

The track evokes the electronic sound that lies at the core of the band supported by the strong, tough voice of Kate Akhurst. Using Akhurst’s vocal power that provokes comparisons with Charli XCX’s 80s electropop vibe, Kate Boy fuse pronounced vocals with electronic riffs, creating a very confident sound. Akhurst sings about the desire for summer, lyrics including “under hot pink nights” and “we will never see the sun go down,” making the single’s release ideal for this Summer weather.

‘Midnight Sun’ is evocative, captivating and welcoming, its deep layers (although sometimes feeling abrupt and continual) making for an interesting track that almost lives up to ‘Self Control’. But although not utterly failing lyrically, the concept of ‘Midnight Sun’ is not intriguing but rather repetitive. Its Summer nostalgia surfaces the feeling of ‘been there, done that’ and its slightly monotonous structure verges on becoming tedious. For a band that evidently can do so much through instruments, post-production and vocal experimentation, the track’s concept lacks and its lyrics drag.

‘Midnight Sun’ is out now via Fiction Records.

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