Album Review: KOYO – You Said It

You Said It is the second album from Leeds indie rockers KOYO. Having previously shared singles CirclesOstracised and You Said It here on York Calling, we were given a sneak preview of their new LP.

By Graeme Smith

KOYO are perhaps archetypal indie rock and in You Said It it feels as if they have cherry-picked from British ’90s indie bands to create a perfect pastiche of the genre. If you think of a super-group consisting of members of Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Placebo and Radiohead you’d get close to the truth.

If it’s the familiar that draws you into KOYO’s sound then it’s the unfamiliar that keeps you sticking around. Ostracised is a case in point. It comes at third in proceedings, after the highly accessible opening tracks Same Mistakes Twice and Circles. It throws away the indie rock feel for something altogether more experimental and psych rock. There are times where KOYO go a bit prog too, a nod to their roots, Confused and Against All Odds being prime examples.

The theme that holds You Said It together is, ironically, relationship breakdown. KOYO convey this clearly through their lyrics as well as their music, which expands and contracts as the album proceeds, mirroring the less than straightforward progress that succeeds the end of a relationship.

KOYO have all the hallmarks to be the ‘next big thing’ in British indie and You Said It could be just the album that’s needed to get them picked up more widely. I personally think they’re great, and I’m not just saying that because they’re a local band (although it helps.)

You Said it by KOYO is out now. Listen to it here.