Songs are about storytelling and being able to distinguish the words in songs always helps, believe it or not. There’s a refreshing clarity to the duo's songs and they articulate themselves well; their self recorded stuff makes it feel all the more personable and authentic. Most of all, it’s breezy, optimistic and fun and resonates a natural, earthiness. I can’t help but make comparisons with the Dodos, which is absolutely a great thing.
They’re working on their upcoming LP ‘Mieux’ right now and ‘Misanthope’ and 'All is well' are a taste of what’s to come and it sure is tasty.
First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
We are in a tree house in northern Virginia, and we are recording songs for our second LP, Mieux.
Could you give a brief Stray Kites history?
About 18 months ago, Junior and I [Max] missed our bus and we met each other. We started talking about music and how we wanted to make some and decided to jam the next Wednesday. Pretty much every Wednesday since, we have jammed.
Who did you grow up listening to?
We both listened to a lot of Surf Music for the both of us.
Tell us a bit about your most recent track, 'All is well'
It's about a girl named Noelle who Junior liked,didn't, liked again and there is references to her throughout Mieux.
What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?
There's a song that we are actually recording right now called Mirror Talk, and it's about schizophrenia and suicide.
Are there any specific themes or sources of inspiration you find yourself revisiting often when making music?
Psychology and Philosophy
What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
In a Tree House with friends.
Where would you love to tour?
Finally, what's next for Stray Kites, future plans and such?
Finish this record then play sxsw2012, npr tinyroom show, kexp studios.