KOYO is a new Leeds UK based 5-piece band — named after the Japanese word for colourful autumn leaves — who have their feet in the sounds of the Floydish Seventies but their heads entirely in the 21st-century.
Huw Edwards (lead vocals, guitar) Jacob Price (sampling, synthesisers) Seb Knee-Wright (guitars) Dan Comlay (bass) and Tom Higham (drums) draw on influences from bands such as Tame Impala.
The band will release their first single this Spring, titled Tetrachromat.
Recorded in Foel Studio in Welshpool , Wales the band coherently unify sounds that range from rocky My Bloody Valentine to ambient Slowdive … to craft ambitious and ingenious sonic soundscapes.
We had a listen:
Amber synths slide into position over deft rhythms.
The vocals blossom beautifully and a skinny bass wriggles.
The chord progression almost follows Stairway to Heaven [and why not?] so will no-doubt bring comparisons to Led Zeppelin… though the sounds here are not so edgy nor muscular.
This is electric progressive folk with a whirl and a swirl. And more than a little style…