“their frosted synth pop melds the future with the personal, a kind of icy electro-scape transformed into a mood board” – Clash Magazine
“a real sense of delicate magic” – The Line of Best Fit
“a downtempo template that is as woozy as it is wonderful” – The Irish Times
Kyoto Love Hotel are an alt-pop duo made up of Joe Geaney and Laura Sheary. The pair grew up in the same town in Tipperary and created the project with the intention of fusing electronic, atmospheric soundscapes with lyrics that explore both real and imaginary worlds. The result is a sound as expansive as it is personal – this is music that moves constantly between inner life and exterior landscape.
The band are inspired in equal parts by the contemporary traditional music of acts like The Gloaming and the electro-pop sounds of American duo Sylvan Esso. Other inspiration comes from the dark humour infused in Irish towns, the otherworldliness of the Irish landscape and the transformational conversations had with friends late into the evening. The duo have brought their thoughtful brand of pop music to stages at The New Colossus Festival in New York, Other Voices, Electric Picnic and Stendhal Festival. Having focused on writing and recording during the pandemic, this summer they are set to release their sophomore EP ‘When Do You Think It Begins’. To accompany this, they have been working on a new, immersive live show which they’re excited to debut in Summer 2022.