Lovers Turn To Monsters is the non-de-plume of perennial miserablist Kyle Wood who, on a stolen tape machine, has forged an impressive niche in the lo-fi anti-folk scene of West Lothian. His relentless work rate has led to a sprawling and formidable back catalogue of arresting immediacy, rawness and beauty that chart an engaging narrative of his life. He approaches the subjects of love and death with a bitter wit which twists clichés and mundanities into fresh and illuminating lyrical phrases. Nothing exemplifies this better than the three songs on his new release The Skeletor EP which sees Kyle enter the studio for the first time and set these lyrics on the background of intricate guitars, samples, electronics, bells and massed vocals. It doesn’t completely eschew his love for crackle and hiss but instead highlights the musicality and poignancy of these songs.
The Skeletor EP is released on June 24th on Common Records with an accompanying and intertwining cassette-only album Fireflies. The launch will be at the inaugural Common Rooms series of house shows on the June 21st at a secret location in Glasgow. The single Skeletor will be available for free download from 3rd June.