Kyle September is known for his radio-bred anthems, and his debut album Daydream is a collection of just that – “treffers” by every definition of the word.
His career highlights have included opening for Francois van Coke at the Misty Waters Festival, and co-hosting an online show with Graeme Watkins during lockdown, but there’s nothing quite as fulfilling for an artist than realizing, and releasing, a full-body of work.
Opener “Daydream” sets the tone for the rest of the album – feel-good pop music. Upbeat riffs complement simple chorus lines, summery melodies and head-bop rhythms, September’s lively vocals bringing everything together.
But it’s not all sunshine. There’s no denying the fact that September’s sound is heavily generic, and a little outdated too. His lyrics offer no kind of poeticism, while his writing style lacks contemporary relevance. It’s borderline something you’d expect to hear in a YouTube ad, but I think Daydream’s redeeming feature is its innocence.
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There’s a sense of unadulterated energy in all of September’s music, one that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I can appreciate that. Yes, it’s a little cheesy, but that’s easily forgiven when the final result is something that ultimately puts a smile on your face, and that’s exactly what this record will do.
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