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Named after the Japanese word for colourful autumn leaves, KOYO is also the name of a new group fusing colourful influences to create music of their own.
Formed in Leeds in 2015, KOYO have fast become a major factor in the city’s burgeoning music scene. Tagged with the prog rock label, they are in fact proficient, reflective and utterly self-effacing, a far cry from the cape-wearing and wizard-hatted indulgence of your traditional progressive musicians. True, some of their songs are longer and they are well-schooled in music – literally. But KOYO wear their versatility and charm very lightly indeed.
Formed by 22 year old Huw Edwards and Jacob Price, KOYO are an accomplished five-piece. Blending influences as wide as Ozric Tentacles and The Velvet Underground, My Bloody Valentine and Kurt Vile, they give the impression of being able to play just about anything. KOYO combine beautiful melancholy vocals with intricate riffs and thought provoking lyrics. Sampling and synthesisers provide astral soundscapes, grounded by a gifted rhythm section. They are at once delicate and robust.
A powerful live force, KOYO create sonic spectacles through soaring layers of sound. They fill and transform space, create darkness and colour. Songs become extended improvisations, spontaneous expressions of emotion.
On their debut album recorded at Foel Studio in Wales (Hawkwind, MBV, The Pop Group) tracks such as powerhouse opener Strangebird, debut single Tetrachromat (a 8 minute genre defying epic), Jouska, Lost In The Kingdom and What is Mine (part acoustic ballad and aural snapshot of Wales) are prime products of these influences. But stamped through with the group’s own very distinct personality.