Savannah-based quintet KYLESA will release its new album, “Ultraviolet”, on May 24 in Europe and May 28 in North America via Season Of Mist. The follow-up to “Spiral Shadow” was recorded at The Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina, with the band’s guitar player/songwriter and sought-after producer, Phillip Cope (BARONESS, BLACK TUSK), once again overseeing production.
“Quicksand”, a new song from the eleven-track album, is available now for streaming at SPIN.com.
“‘Quicksand’ is a quick 2:35 of ghostly dreamdoom that joins the melodies of ’90s shoegaze with the churn of modern sludge and a riff straight from the Billy Corgan playbook,” says SPIN.com in a brief write-up accompanying the song stream, adding that the song is “a muscular swirl that should please anyone who thought m b v didn’t have enough shouting.”
The cover artwork for “Ultraviolet” was created by Sean Beaudry and can be seen below. Beaudry, a fellow Savannah resident, did the artwork for the band’s “Time Will Fuse Its Worth” reissue.
“Ultraviolet” track listing:
04. We’re Taking This
05. Long Gone
06. What Does It Take
07. Steady Breakdown
08. Low Tide
09. Vulture’s Landing
KYLESA will play a free, all-ages show in its hometown of Savannah at The Dollhouse on April 19 as a way to thank fans for their ongoing support.
“Whereas ‘Spiral Shadow’ was a warm album suggesting concepts of hope, ‘Ultraviolet’ is a bit colder and darker,” explains KYLESA songwriter/guitar player Laura Pleasants. “All of our studio albums have their own unique identity and we’ve always been a band who strives for something different than what current fads suggest. With ‘Ultraviolet’, we took a step inward and wrote music that we felt we had to write; this album centers around the multiple themes of loss and you can feel it in the music. Everyone goes through it during their lifetime and this record reflects that experience.”
KYLESA issued a rarities collection in November titled “From The Vaults, Vol. 1”, which featured previously unreleased, new and alternate versions of songs spanning the band’s catalog as well as one new song titled “End Truth”. Cope and Pleasants spent over a year going through their archives preparing the release.