We Will Ride Fast is the musical brainchild of Kyle Sattler who is an artist from Aotearoa, New Zealand. He was formally the bassist and vocalist of New Zealand sonic punks Frayden and aligned to the obscure Fight Cave or Hole Records label in order to try and further his music career to its furthest potential; this aptly sums up his music, for that matter. Kyle Sattler is a multimedia artist and a musician working in paint, print, video, sound art, music, music production, installation and digital design. His various creative talents shine through on this EP.
This four-track EP entitled Blood from our human stone opens with “Flight of the winged and feathered serpent.” A warbling note which echoes from some alien-sounding synth fluctuates in and out of soundscape, until a sudden punchy drum beat emerges into view. The distorted,, yet twisted and creepy vocals of Sattler join the mix, as does a rapidly-strummed guitar riff which reverberates seemingly endlessly into the space of this wide open track. The song did remain relatively repetitive throughout its runtime, but I didn’t find this to be too detrimental to the overall appeal of the track.
“A million times over” is the upbeat following track on this short EP. A brutal and catchy progression of distorted power chords bursts into view atop an electronic drum beat and twinkling synth notes which vanish off into the cosmos. Sattler’s vocals impressed me even more on this second track, as I felt that he really pushed himself further in terms of emotion and range; diversity is important throughout music, even if you are only creating an EP containing a mere four tracks. Sattler manages this perfectly.
“Looking for safety in numbers” is driven by Sattler’s deep, vibrating tone, a catchy synth arpeggio and a throbbing bass riff. Reverberating synths twinkle and dance above the contained melodic chaos below, which manages to remain clear and punchy despite the numerous layers present throughout this track. Sattler achieves so much range, emotion and dark melodic sound within such a short runtime. The synthetic noises used throughout blend together as does his bellowing vocal performance.
The final track on the EP “Just cry” is driven by a looping piano rhythm, a pulsating drum beat and high-pitched guitar notes which twinkle ever so delicately above the noise.. Nostalgic, melodic and emotive, Sattler really comes into his own and conveys a deep, provoking message as well as creating something instrumentally interesting. This is the point at which he finds the fine blend needed between the catchy yet robotic sounds of electronica and the human element of meaningful lyrics, alongside a prominent vocal performance.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this EP. From what I heard of the four tracks, I have a very clear idea of the direction in which We Will Ride Fast is heading as a project presently. Of course, four tracks is only a small snippet of what any musician can achieve, and I’ll be intrigued to see if We Will Ride Fast can push themselves to even greater heights in the future. I think Sattler is a musician who can achieve a lot with this project if he keeps pushing.
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