Stylite describe their new EP, Red Sun, as ‘High Brow Pop’, and while I’m not sure I agree with that assessment (or indeed understand it) they’ve got a solid EP tied together by Dan Wright’s inimitable voice.
While Dan’s previous projects have been mainly folk inspired, this new project feels like it has a significantly broader remit. There is a thread of bluesy rock and roll running through Leicester’s music scene at the moment (or at least the last three records I’ve reviewed for Great Central have all had that particular vibe) and opener Red Sun is firmly in that camp, but with a more laid back performance than some of their peers and political undertones to the lyrics.
Three over Two is a really interesting addition to the record – both rhythmically and melodically – and it’s a really pleasant variation on the themes of the other tracks.
The full band dynamic is an interesting new direction for Dan. While he sounds most at home on the tracks that are closer to the folk dynamic of his older material, you can see his musical vocabulary filling out through the course of the record, and this feels like the first steps on a new musical journey.