Kess’ Cozy Music Corner # 9: Kyle Thornton and the Company
Struggling to find that new artist to fall in love with? Fear not, our contributor Kess Leung is here with the latest and greatest music recommendations from each week. In this edition, Kess highlights the American multi-genre music collective, Kyle Thornton & The Company.
With a fresh sound influenced by a combination of funk, jazz, rock, blues, R & B / Soul and hip-hop, Kyle Thornton & The Company is a group of seven students from Berklee College of Music. The Boston gem gained traction after performing at the college’s R&B Showcase and Springfest, shortly before releasing its own original music, which received positive reviews. Frontman Kyle Thornton has found inspiration in his personal experiences of love, creating lyrics that relate to his thoughts and feelings. This allows him and his band mates, who form the basis of the band’s rhythm (drums, trombone, saxophone, trumpet, keyboard and guitar), to bring raw emotions to life in the form of music.
Kyle’s lively energy alongside the band’s addicting rhythm and elegant touches produce a euphonic track.
“Maybe it will finally be the summer when we fall in love.” Memories from the movies and Polaroids and catch the lighting bugs. I can bring drinks and stuff and maybe we can get a buzz. Hope we fall in love, yeah we fall in love. Playful vocals and wishful thinking create a light and festive vibe in the track ‘Fall in Love’, as Kyle’s lively energy alongside the band’s addicting rhythm and elegant touches produce a euphonic track. The song released under the 2017 album WNDR stars Amber Olivia, a college mate who is currently pursuing her own music career. Together the two form a dynamic duo, complementing each other, with Amber’s melodic air showcasing Kyle’s husky voice.
Drawing a bittersweet feeling and playing with uncertainty and despair elicits a feeling of nostalgia on the part of the listener
Throughout their discography, the group often borrows scales, chords and cadences from the blues, Kyle explaining his admiration for this medium because “The blues men played strictly on emotion, and it was just a feeling.” In “Talk is Cheap”, Kyle describes a love that is not intentionally reciprocated, causing him to question its existence. “If you love me like you said it wouldn’t be misunderstood. Like you said you could, like you said you would. Draw a bittersweet feeling and play with the uncertainty and hopelessness that evokes a feeling of longing on the part of the listener, who vicariously wants more commitment from Kyle’s partner. Kyle masterfully incorporates his voice into the song, with the hoarse voice that pairs well with the rawness of the collective’s catchy instrumentals.
The collective’s mission, “To bring you a new sampled sound with influences from several genres while remaining anchored in the passionate and honest style that is the blues”, is evident throughout the band’s discography and has brought out many jams that make the ears tremble. Unfortunately, the collective formed in 2015 is currently inactive, with Kyle venturing out on his own, now under the name Floyd Fuji. The band still remain friends, and anyone hoping for a reminder of the past can now reminisce about their old songs or start over with Floyd Fuji, both of which deliver great music.
Article image courtesy of @floydfuji via Instagram.