Single Review: Kyle Peebles's 'Footprints'
Kyle Peebles is a North East Ambulance hero...who also happens to be a fantastic songwriter in his spare time.
From the outset, you’re gripped.
The Steinman-esque piano ostinato – screw that, let’s just say ‘riff’ – snaps you into the atmosphere immediately. Jesus, there’s something about a hi-hat that just gets your foot tapping, isn’t there?
Sorry folks, but as Kyle himself says; he’s taking you for a ride, and immediately (and fortuitously so) there’s a Basshunter reverb vibe – so stick with it.
That element I find myself gripped by is the accessibility of the lyrics and the linear storytelling whos' organic in nature hides behind it a pure message.
Because it’s not Kyle’s message, it’s his father’s.
The legend goes that our storyteller learned about how beautiful the tale of how his mother and father first met was, and he wrote this single based on that love alone…if you don’t have the movie rights, I soon will.
From the outset we can feel the passion, with genuine lyrics speaking from his heart, romanticising a love that needs no excess.
And how are we delivered those lyrics? By a melodic line that is beyond moving.
Kyle makes no bones about elongating his phrasing into musical prose and hitting every syllable with its most agreeable note, giving subtle attention to every noun and adjective used. This is a worthy story, and he knows it. Every lyric inspires passion, built further by the almost tactical use of strings, but we’ll get to those.
The mix is done so well that the beauty of this single lies in its subtlety, with perhaps the underlying open distorted chord following "Will you make footprints with me" holding its own as one of my favourite moments.
This single is an example of what separates demos from release material.
The prime example of this is when we explode straight into "Nineteen", and we continue the story.
There is a lot to love here – a hook with cognitive lyrics, well-processed harmonies and an excellent story. We cut to a string-break, invoking imagery of two star-crossed lovers kissing with midnight lights, as if nothing else mattered.
In this journalist’s humble opinion, it would serve well as a film soundtrack.
Thank god – we are rewarded with not one, but two choruses. Kyle never falters with his harmony, showcasing not only musical integrity but artistic vision, holding himself to the very last with that all-too-soon final chord.
This artist, who also attributes his musicality to his Grandad and currently works for the North East Ambulance Service, has written a symphony out of his parents’ love, a tribute, a homage to the two most important people in his life.
And it’s also a symphony to anyone who believes in love.
For fans of: Beauty, Freedom, Truth & Love
To watch the video for his song 'Footprints' follow this link: