Kye Kye’s “Young Love” Remix EP

TBI’s Jordan Welsh tells us why Kye Kye’s “Young Love” Remix EP is a “moving, progressive take on 6 incredible songs.”

Jordan Welsh

out of 10

Kye Kye
Young Love Remix EP
April 3, 2012
Come & Live!

When Kye Kye announced a remix album of their debut Young Love, I was, admittedly, pretty excited. I first heard this Camas, Washington-based quartet at Cornerstone Festival in 2011. And I must say, I was blown away from the first note. Even more than the music, I was ecstatic to be hearing lyrics so beautifully taken from Scripture. Kye Kye has done a brilliant job pushing their ambient-electronic sound to new heights with these remixes. Simply put, The Young Love Remix EP is wonderfully irresistible.

The album kicks off with a remixed version of “Broke.” No time is wasted setting a mellow atmosphere, something that never really leaves throughout the record – it’s only built upon. Nothing here from the original track is sacred. Singer Olga Yagolnikov’s vocals are pulled back and forth between octaves all over the audible range. When the song breaks in to it’s climax, a catchy arpeggiated synth carries the song with a very tasteful beat.

That same mellow atmosphere comes back immediately for the next track, “Introduce Myself.” Once again, vocals are totally dismantled for the sake of the remix – in this case it gives the listener a hook that sticks. In fact, I find myself just waiting for it to come back more often. Beautifully painted imagery abounds, referring to the way God is revealed throughout scripture: “you’re a soft drum I hear, I can’t wait” (1 Kings 12-13). The scaled back verses lend a silky electric piano driving the more minimal sound to accentuate the lyrics. Just when you think the song is done, R&B-esque sounds drive it back in to that brilliant chorus.

I hear some obvious U2 influences in all of Kye Kye’s music. But it’s never more apparent than in the remix “Walking This.” I’m a sucker for a dotted-eighth delay – which Kye Kye uses here perfectly. But this song has an unexpected darker turn. When you expect a major chord, you’re given a minor. Sixteenth note strings drive the song to a sudden end, setting up what I feel is the best song on the EP.

“Knowing This” is an all-around stunning song – lyrically and musically. As Yagolnikov softly sings “Dearest you’ve painted me, what was I waiting for? The colors are all I see . . . You never lost me, Love,” the lyrics are purely of redemption (Romans 6:6, Ephesians 2:10). The metaphor of colors run in to the music as well. The song is the most upbeat on the record. Once again, the vocals are played with so tastefully – in this case harmonies and doubled vocals splash more and more color on the canvas.

The remix is an art form in itself. I find myself ignoring remixes as a whole due to their general lack of genuine creativity from the original work. But Kye Kye doesn’t fall in to that category whatsoever. Each of the six songs has been deconstructed, and tastefully put back together, accentuating the paint on the lyrical canvas therein. The end result is a moving, progressive take on 6 incredible songs.