Swedish Synth Sounds
Kite are a Swedish synthpop group composed of Nicklas Stenemo (The Mo, Melody Club) and Christian Berg (Yvonne, Strip Music, The April Tears). Originating from Malmö and now based in Stockholm, they are signed to Astronaut Recordings and have published six EPs since their debut in 2008, each of which was released on CD and as a limited vinyl record edition. They have performed at festivals like Recession Festival in Århus, Denmark, and Arvika Festival and Putte i parken in Sweden, and Wave Gotik Treffen Leipzig.
Their eponymous debut EP “Kite” was reviewed favourably by the Side-Line magazine comparing it to classic 1980s synthpop acts like Erasure or Yazoo, while the German Sonic Seducer noted singer Stenemo’s distinctive voice. The EP “Kite III” was lauded for its original sound by Side-Line and Sonic Seducer, the latter marking a darker tone in this release. The release “Kite IV” has been seen as a mix of classic 1980s synthpop like OMD and modern, experimental sounds. Kite’s sixth EP “Kite VI” was released in 2015. It has been compared to the sound of Kraftwerk and Vangelis.
The 2010 single “Jonny Boy” reached position 49 in the Swedish charts. In April 2002 they released their latest EP, “Panic Music / Bocelli”.