Albums of 2015 #4 - Kid Wave - Wonderlust

Kid Wave
Wonderlust
Released June 1st, 2015
Heavenly

Kid Wave’s debut album Wonderlust is a record guaranteed to improve your mood, a joyous blend of grunge laden guitars and swirling, catchy hooks pared with unrelenting beats and cool, breathy vocals. It’s the sort of record you reach for over and over again as hit upon hit cross your ears with heart-warming results.

Take the opening and title track, three minutes in which the band encapsulate the spirit of youth, full of carefree abandon and blissful optimism, rushing headlong with surging guitars and galloping beats amongst Lea Emmery's heady vocals.

There are singles and nostalgic turns almost at will, “Honey" is a similarly marvelous concoction, a melodious blend of beautiful, hazy textures and bright jangly instrumentation wrapped up in ear-worm vocals. The dreamy, yearning mood only continues on “Best Friend” and the soaring “All I Want” complete with juggernaut beats and shimmering riffs, whilst “Gloom” is anything but.

Wonderlust, however, is not a one trick pony, “Sway” is a gorgeously rich, strutting waltz and “Walk on Fire” is a glorious slow-burn track which spends much of its duration as a sultry ballad before climaxing with an anthemic conclusion and "I'm Trying To Break Your Heart" it sees  lush rhythms and wistful melody combine to breezy, effortlessly effect, both glittery and embracing, it leaves you all gooey and excited inside. 

Those listeners with a love of melody will find so much to desire here. Such an enjoyable, rewarding debut.

Kid Wave #6 - I'm Trying To Break Your Heart

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Yes, let's talk about the wonderful Kid Wave again. I saw the band twice on their recent headlining tour of the UK, its opening show in St Albans (yes, mighty St Albans, where I live and thus making it the best place for artists I like to play) and London on its closing night. Both were brilliant shows, a joyous blend of grunge laden guitars and swirling, catchy hooks pared with unrelenting beats and cool, dreamy vocals. At the Lexington especially the band appeared to be riding on the crest of a wave and the show was superb.

"I'm Trying To Break Your Heart" is the latest single taken from their debut album Wonderlust (which is out a now and is a joy from first to last. Go get it) and sees Kid Wave's typically lush rhythms and wistful melody combine to breezy, effortlessly effect, both glittery and embracing, it leaves you all gooey and excited inside.

Kid Wave #5 - Honey

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I saw Kid Wave perform a sizzling hot show at the Sebright Arms last week, a packed room saw witness to a tight, melodious blend of driving rhythms, forthright guitars and ear-worm vocals. I quickly raved about them to a couple of friends and tickets were soon snapped up to see the band again in May when they go on tour with the viciously rocking Bully.

Fast forward a week and the band are further on my conscious with their luscious new single "Honey", the song which opened that set and a track which sums all that up nicely, pairing a marvellous, strutting guitar riff with bright percussion and sultry vocal drawl, it longs to be heard far and wide.

Signed to Heavenly, Kid Wave's debut album Wonderlust follows on June 1st, far and wide is exactly how it should be received. 


Kid Wave #4 - Wonderlust

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We're nearly out of winter kids and it's oh so close to the time we can finally drop the melancholy (yeah, as if) and prance around the room to pop nuggets like this, "Wonderlust" by London's Kid Wave.

The track encapsulates the spirit of youth, full of carefree abandon and blissful optimism, rushing headlong with surging guitars and galloping beats amongst Lea Emmery's heady vocals, a nostalgia overload for old boys like myself awaits.

Kid Wave's debut album, also entitled Wonderlust, is due 1st June via Heavenly - pre-order. The band play a series of dates around the capital in March to celebrate - dates.

Kid Wave #3 - All I Want

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It's not too often I write about a track I've previously covered but I'm happy to make an exception when the track is great, and in this case, an entirely re-recorded version of a track I posted over a year ago...

"All I Want" was the first track I heard by London quartet Kid Wave - now signed to Heavenly (home of TOY and Stealing Sheep amongst others) - and is being released as their debut single on September 8th.

What was already an irresistible track has been made better still with a slick veneer of production polish and a greater emphasis on Lea's gloriously rich vocals, brilliantly identifying the track as a hazy, progressive surf-pop gem made for summer complete with juggernaut riffs and swirling pysche hooks. It's a must include for your next mix-tape.

Kid Wave #2 - Shelley

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When I posted about Kid Wave last month I mentioned about the thrill factor of new music discovery, a sentiment that can be repeated after just a handful of listens to the bands first official single "Shelley" - due for release July 29th via Battle Worldwide Records - a track that instantly melts hearts with irresistible guitar hooks and ear pleasing rhythms and whilst Britain continues to bask in a radiant, endless summers glow were provided with the perfect setting for the band to soundtrack our days.

The beautiful, hazy textures of vocalist / guitarist Lea Emmery's gorgeously relaxed voice and bright, daydreaming surf-pop guitar make me which I was outside twirling around in green pastures or mucking around in my room - a bit like the scenes in the accompanying video - some perfect youthful nostalgia right here - watch below and fall in love with one of 2013's finest new bands.

Kid Wave - New Music "Introducing"

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When you come back from The Great Escape you always later discover bands and think "Oh, I wish I'd discovered this lot a bit earlier, this is bloody excellent". This is the first time that's happened to me  (so far) this year... Kid Wave are a London based quartet whose two tracks, available for free download via Bandcamp were actually released last year but lets not worry about my overdue discovery...

You'll not hear too many better songs to introduce you than "All I Want" either, a track which thunders along with catchy lyrics, great guitar hooks and a raw energy that's bound to have you hooked within the space of four minutes. The band recently played with one of my other new band loves Sisters and you can see some similarities in the powerful sheen of their garage-pop/rock sound.

Their second track "Brimstone" is the heavier and seers with a fuzz-toned menace, a killer quagmire of noise, distortion and dizzying intensity matched by equally fiery, charged vocals; perhaps even a Stories era PJ Harvey would be proud of this...