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Orah & the Kites’ latest two-part release finds femme dreamscapes defined

At their core, Orah & The Kites are a trio of women firmly dedicated to what they stand for – and creating some exquisite music to boot.

Since their inception in 2016, the all-female trio (Ntokozo Mzimela, Teagyn Gracey and Jaimie De Klerk) have been joined by Tristan De Beer (Face), Kieron Brown (Bam Bam Brown) and most recently Giovanni Serci (The Rudimentals) to form a fully-fledged, thriving band.

It’s been a long time coming, but the release of “A Woman Cloaked In Thunder” and “Lucid” eventually came to fruition in September this year, laid down with Eldon Quirk of Versed Sound at Sunset Recording Studios.

The AB single release is everything you never knew you wanted from them and more. Melodic indie-folk forms the basis of their sound – a languid and ethereal exploration of their flexible genre. “A Woman Cloaked In Thunder”, which comes in the midst of the Gender-Based Violence outcry in South Africa, is a close-knit and subtly spectacular ode to womanhood and all it embodies. It’s drawn out at a cruising, unresisting pace. Solidified piano, drums and bass rooting down the otherwise windswept fragility. “What a wonder/ that woman cloaked in thunder,” they croon through the synth lines.

“Lucid” takes a another tack and submerges itself in wistful melancholia. Tracking the heartbreak of being abandoned by the one you love – a pretty common occurrence if I say so myself – it’s led by silvery piano and a dreamy percussive backbone.

The tracks stand for liberation of oneself and those who stand in solidarity. They stand for strength in vulnerability. And they’re utterly beautiful.