One of the most rewarding things in music is discovering an act that genuinely excites you. This happened last year when I went along to see the very first show from Kingdom Keys.
They went on to play Festival Too, and for the last year have been working on a new EP, Beyond What You See, which will be released on Sunday (July 3) to coincide with their return to Festival Too on the BBC Introducing stage.
When you get a group of extremely talented musicians together the result is either a mish-mash of egos fighting each other for control, or something that gels so perfectly that it can send chills down your spine. This EP is the latter.
Kingdom Keys are one of the most exciting bands I’ve heard for some time. Their sound is modern and, as well as being excellent musicians in their own right, they’re all good friends. This translates to the EP. It sounds effortless without sounding ragged and loose, and the production is exemplary.
What you have here is something greater than the sum of its parts. Six finely crafted tracks with a modern rock sound, leaning a little towards indie, but standing out from the usual crowd.
When this band appeared on the scene last year, a great many people started speaking about having witnessed the birth of something rather special.
This EP confirms that they do indeed live up to the hype, and if they continue putting out music of this quality, returning to headline Festival Too further down the line is a real possibility.
If there’s any justice in the world, this band deserve to be huge. Beyond What You See is quite simply, a stunning piece of work.