The sonic experience of ‘Esoterica’ by Kyros is breathtaking

"It’s about confronting the darker sides of oneself and calling out for a deeper understanding, ultimately finding light in truth"
29 September 2023

Kyros, a four-piece ensemble comprising Shelby Logan Warne (vocals, keys, and production), Joey Frevola (guitar), Robin Johnson (drums), and Charlie Cawood (bass), once again showcases their fiercely unique musical approach. 

Esoterica pulsates with the heart of prog rock while seamlessly incorporating shimmering nu-wave synths and infectious pop melodies. In the wake of critical acclaim for their previous releases, The End In Mind and Illusions Inside, the UK’s trailblazing prog-synth-rock outfit, Kyros, makes a triumphant return with their latest single, Esoterica.

Explaining the inspiration behind the track, Kyros shares, Esoteric‘ explores the journey towards enlightenment, grappling with inner turmoil to eventually find clarity. It’s about confronting the darker sides of oneself and calling out for a deeper understanding, ultimately finding light in truth.” 

A sonic journey that transcends genres is set into motion by this cinematic tune that follows a summer of electrifying live performances across the UK. The track kicks off with an intense, rhythmic bass arpeggiator and powerful drums, swiftly building an electronic soundscape. 

As soaring guitars, layers of synth, and backing vocals layer upon each other, the band’s sonic identity becomes apparent—a fusion of Pink Floyd’s depth, Depeche Mode’s electronic allure, and YES’s progressive spirit. As the vocals take center stage, a captivating narrative unfolds. 

The track evolves into an unexpectedly anthemic chorus, driven by a stylistic, House-influenced piano line. The urgent lead vocals soar above, delivering one of Kyros’ most impactful and commercial moments to date within a soundscape that remains as intense and complex as ever. 

Navigating through a dynamic sonic landscape of varied textures, key changes, and powerful synth sounds, Esoterica offers a sprawling, euphoric, and breathtaking journey. Kyros not only showcases their musical prowess but also their prowess as performers and storytellers.

With the release of Esoterica (out now via White Star Records), Kyros aims to solidify their position as one of the UK’s most exciting and innovative progressive bands.