Kites Overhead

Kites Overhead


Literate lyrics ride synth pads and electronic percussion. Acoustic guitars intersect with computer programming. Rock meets folk meets pop meets experimentation.


Keep moving: this might as well be a mantra for Gene Greer-Kondusky, the man behind electro-acoustic indie-folk creation Kites Overhead. After spending three years bringing his acoustic looping act The Noble Son to audiences in North America, Europe, and Japan, the half-American, half-Canadian Greer-Kondusky returned to Ottawa, Canada in 2007 to rededicate himself to his other love: literature.
Although Gene enjoyed modest success as The Noble Son, including airplay for his only release, The EP, in such far-flung places as Australia, Belarus and Italy, his return to Canada prompted a shift in musical endeavour. While studying towards a Master’s degree in English Literature in Canada’s capital city, Gene’s creative energies shifted away from the shoegaze-inspired drone of The EP and toward more traditional songwriting structures. While Gene retains his earlier spirit of experimentation, he has comfortably settled into a new home within the more mature corners of the pop genre. Less Sunny Day Real Estate and Slowdive, and more Stars and Death Cab for Cutie (with a dash of Leonard Cohen and Billy Bragg thrown in for good measure).
Although he hasn’t completely abandoned his looping station, Gene has augmented his sound by introducing synthesizers and computer programming into his sonic palate. Seeing this as a sea change of sorts, Gene cast off his old moniker, and in the winter of 2008, began performing under the alias Kites Overhead. The response to the new direction was unanimously positive: after only three weeks in his new incarnation, Gene received a full-length treatment in the Citizen, and played to a near-capacity crowd at the Avant-Garde in Ottawa. More positive media coverage followed in Metro in the spring, as well as another packed show at the renowned Café Nostalgica.
But before Gene’s momentum had built to a tidal wave, he was already gone. In August 2008, Gene left Ottawa for the barren tundras of the Canadian arctic. Gene currently calls a tiny settlement named Inukjuak home – located some 1500 kilometres north of Montréal, near the northern tip of Québec. There, he has been quietly perfecting the songs that have come to shape his first full-length album, and drawing inspiration from the sublime landscape and unique cultural heritage to create new ones as well.
In the summer of 2009, Kites Overhead will release its first album, titled "You are a secret, and you must never tell it." Recorded in bedrooms and basements in Japan, Turkey and Canada, You are a secret is the culmination of years of cultural exchange and misadventure, best intentions gone awry, and innumerable unanchored nights. The title is taken from postmodern poet John Ashbery’s long poem “The Skaters” – a testament to Gene’s enduring passion for literature, as well as for boundary-testing. Recorded and mixed by Gene (with many friends’ help along the way) and mastered by Harris Newman/Grey Market Mastering (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat), the album is released by Home Is Not Here, and will be available on iTunes, through the Home Is Not Here website, and at your local independent music store.
Keep moving. In a way, the phrase can be its own inspiration.


2009 (Upcoming) - You are a secret, and you must never tell it. (Home Is Not Here)

Set List

Sets can be as short as thirty minutes, or as long as ninety.
Typically, a Kites Overhead set begins with songs that feature a more acoustic sound, and build until a more electronic sound by the end.
Set list available by request.