There are a few tracks that singer Rhys Kirkby-Cox and producer Harvey Kirby revisited, like “Higher”, but the EP is mainly a reflection on the collective feelings inspired by lockdown. It’s a processing of what they, their close friends, and indeed all of us went through last year.
Speaking to Rollacoaster in the new AW21 issue the duo said, “We listen to so much stuff, The Streets, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Amy Winehouse, Kano, all the grime scene, the garage scene, and new people like Dominic Fike”. Drawing on this kaleidoscope of influences, they’ve spent the past few years cultivating their own genre-bending style. It merges alt-rap, electronic music, indie-pop, hip hop, and adds a hint of British nostalgia with strikingly raw and relatable lyrics.
About the new EP, Rhys said, “sonically, you’ll still be able to tell its EYK, but it’s sharper. I feel like my vocals and lyrics have improved. Harvey would probably say his production’s improved. So as a body of work, tune for tune, this is by far the best project we’ve done”. He added, “It’s just completely laying ourselves bare and being vulnerable, you’ll be able to hear the different emotions in the project. It’s just honest music. There’s no facade there. However, we feel when we’re making this music, that’s what you’re hearing in each tune.”
Pre-order the Rollacoaster AW21 issue now to read the full interview and see the shoot.
Listen to “Just For The Times” and new single “There For You” below.