Austin, TX quartet Boy + Kite formed when singer / lead guitarist Darvin Jones met singer / guitarist Beth Puorro in a hot tub they’d illicitly infiltrated back in 2009. Since then, the band have released an LP, hit the top 10 of their local radio chart in Austin, and added bass player Giuseppe Ponti and drummer Marc Henry.
In December of 2013, Jones suffered a serious head injury and wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to play music again. Boy + Kite’s latest three-song EP, Blueprint, emphatically puts that worry to rest. Displaying influences of dream pop and post punk, Blueprint is a satisfying listen even if you don’t know the backstory.
Having an awareness of the events that preceded these songs, however, does add some poignancy to some of the lyrics. “Either Way” churns along on Ponti’s prominent bassline as the vocals of Jones and Puorro intertwine: “Either way, I’ll come back to you…” Second track, “Turned Sideways,” is a slow build of dreamy, chiming guitar riffs. Lyrically, the song is a beacon through the swirling haze as Jones and Puorro sing, “No matter where you are, come and find me.” Things get a little shoegazier on “Touching the Sun.” Jones and Puorro sound a little lower in the mix as guitar noise swells around them. “It’s beautiful. It’s beautiful,” they repeat, as if waking to a new day.
Blueprint is a shimmeringly noisy, dreamy trio of songs with a bit of darkness and edge. Boy + Kite are making music again, and it’s definitely worth a listen.