Indie Psychedelia, (NZ)
Three-piece KITA are the most exhilarating new band to arise from New Zealand’s bubbling music scene. Based in Wellington, vocalist, writer and actor Nikita雅涵Tu-Bryant, keyboardist Ed Zuccollo and drummer Rick Cranson meld the soaring choruses of vintage rock, touches of modern jazz, pop and soul, and warm hints of synth into a singular style.
Together, the three members of KITA generate a beguiling sound formed of their many experiences and influences. On their forthcoming EP ‘Try To Find A Way’, Nikita’s expressive voice moves from melodious and mellow verses to a powerful tone on the title track, while Ed’s thrumming synth and Rhodes keys create a lush counterpoint. The soulful ‘Breathe’ moves with a lava flow of Moog bass, mellifluous vocals reminiscent of Little Dragon or Hiatus Kaiyote, and Rick’s tumble of ride cymbals, while the contemplative acoustic guitar and unexpected melodic shifts of ‘Heartbeat’ show another side of the band. ‘Foggy Town’ has the air of classic late 70s rock, its melancholy funk and reverb-drenched vox leading into the most epic of choruses. KITA have recently released their debut album with Grammy-winning producer Tommaso Colliva (Muse, Razorlight).