by Thomas Bedward May 14, 2022
Inspired by their collective life experiences, Perth indie-groovers King Blue have released their stellar fourth single, the aptly titled ‘Breathless’.
Having previously driven songs with heavier guitars and a booming rhythm section, the band are shifting towards a more nuanced approach for the new single. Taking inspiration from Spacey Jane, Ocean Alley & Stella Donnelly, with their own coastal WA flavor, ‘Breathless’ mixes grooving bass lines with shimmering guitar licks. Paired with vocalist Skye Sam’s melodic pop sensibility and smooth harmonies, the track carries listeners higher and remains stuck in their mind, long after the song is finished.
Speaking openly about the new single, the band explained, "We’re steering in the direction of indie pop yet still try to incorporate some elements within our songs for the headbangers out there. Skye’s delicate yet powerful vocals are complemented by the backbone beat, catchy leads and funky rhythmic bass, altogether creating a sound that we really love.”
Working with Western Australian Music award winning producer and engineer Andy Lawson out of his ionic Debaser Studio, the band were able to write collaboratively with themselves before bringing the final demo to Andy. With ‘Breathless’ starting life as a mere guitar sketch, the band then added vocals, to figure out the hooks & structure. From there they beefed it out with layers of shimmering guitars and a pulsating rhythm section. With Andy Lawson drawing the best from the band sonically, Grammy-award winning mastering engineer William Bowden took the reins to add a polish to the track, completing ‘Breathless’.
The band continued, “Our process of creating usually starts with a guitar sketch which we then add vocals to. After we have that as our bones for the song, we start to build and beef it out until we find some structure and it begins to feel cohesive and flow as a song. Instrumentally and lyrically, most of the music we create really depends on what’s happening in our lives at the time. It helps us to express our current or past experiences in the way that we know best.”
Poised to release their fourth single & with a swelling fan base, King Blue are on the precipice of highlighting themselves as a WA artist to watch in 2022. Having previously shared stages with San Cisco, Death By Denim, The Rions, and Caravana Sun, they’ve cut their teeth in front of large audiences, who did not leave disappointed.
With 65,000+ streams on previous single ‘Games’, King Blue are eager and ready for their chance to share ‘Breathless’ with audiences across the country.
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