Watch: Kites – “This Jumped Up Boy In Livery”

13 Sep

When watching the new video for Kites latest single, “This Jumped Up Boy In Livery”, our initial and overriding thought was, ‘it’s very Matthew isn’t it?’. The Charlie Chaplin inspired routine, directed and choreographed by actor Christian Roe, fits singer Matthew Phillip’s dandy sensibilities like a favoured smoking jacket.

It is an astute choice of cinematic history to pay homage to, acting, as it does, as the perfect visual embodiment of the song’s wonderfully decadent self-indulgence. The putting on of the character before the desperate to please performance in front of an unmoved audience brings life to lyrics conceived following a period of self doubt. While Matthew’s introspection may have lead him to question the likelihood of his own success, “This Jumped Up Boy In Livery” leaves us in no doubt that it must only be just around the corner.

Following on from previous single, “Brother”, “This Jumped Up Boy…” continues the bands record of producing fiercely intelligent and entertaining electro-pop, which of itself should be enough to guarantee success. Add in the essential je ne sais quoi of their eloquent and engaging English gent of a frontman, and surely it won’t be long before Matthew is singing songs of celebration, not self-deprecation.

“This Jumped Up Boy In Livery” is due for release on 1 October, in the meantime, check out the video below.


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In Pictures: Kites at Cargo, London/ Exclusive Stream: Look, Stranger! Remixes Kites / Kites Release New Track: “This Jumped-Up Boy In Livery” / On an upward trajectory – Interview with Kites’ Matthew Phillips / Listen: Kites Debut Single – “Brother”

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One Response to “Watch: Kites – “This Jumped Up Boy In Livery””

  1. name not supplied November 6, 2012 at 22:59 #

    love the video, its been dipped in Marcel Marceau and Jacques Lecoq – erm, louder obviously, than the actual Marcel Marceau….

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