Saturday, 5 March 2016

Single: Kidsmoke - Cut Yourself Loose

Kidsmoke Cut Yourself Loose Single

Kidsmoke - Cut Yourself Loose

Info: Hailing from Wrexham, North Wales, indie-pop 4 piece Kidsmoke have released their latest single 'Cut Yourself Loose', and it’s an infectious 3 minutes of meticulously crafted indie-pop. It’s the first of two planned self-released singles, with the follow up due to arrive in April 2016.

Expanding on the sound of their previous EP releases - 2013’s Higher and 2015’s So Long, Emptiness - 'Cut Yourself Loose' opens with an acoustic guitar strumming submerged in watery electronic textures before its propulsive drums rocket it off trailing a maddeningly catchy lead line.  To be honest, any band that name themselves after a Wilco track are probably going to be worth a listen, and Kidsmoke certainly inhabits that same uptempo melancholy that Jeff Tweedy mastered around Summerteeth.  

While modern American touchstones like Wild Nothing and Real Estate definitely share similar melodic space, their music draws from a number of 80’s British references, like a C86 band with more muscle, or The Smiths with less yodeling. But for all the giddy energy of the song, it still aims for the heart through the plaintive simplicity of the chorus - “Oh, I miss having you around” - and it’s the push and pull between those two elements that prove to be the song’s greatest strength.

- Review by Noël Duplaa

Kidsmoke Cut Yourself Loose

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