Mississauga, Ontario-based duo K.I.D combines elements of garage rock and pop for their four track album, Poster Child. Produced by Mike Crosser (who has produced for bands such as The Arctic Monkeys, The Gaslight Anthem, The 1975, Foals, and Keane, as well as others), K.I.D hopes to retain their musical style while pumping out an album that appeals to a wide range of listeners.
The album kicks things off with “Boy,” an upbeat and racy love song that will surely get most listeners off their feet and jumping. There’s a lot of distortion throughout this song, applied from the drums to the vocals, which is overdone. The heavy use of distortion especially on the vocals doesn’t make the song sound very pleasurable, and the resulting amount of unnecessary noise may drive away some other listeners looking for something new. It’s not a bad song though, and its shining arrangement and composition still gives the album the good start it deserves.
The second song, “Errors,” is by far the best song on the album. The song is about two things: Firstly, it’s a social commentary about “the anti-despressant generation,” which are the millennial; and secondly, the singer’s battle with depression and melancholia in real life. K.I.D aimed to take such a dark subject matter and express it with a lighter, electro-pop-rock sound. This was executed extremely well, as the result is a chilling, feel-good song while bringing mental illness to the forefront. The mixing is well done; even the distortion is milder here to keep the message clear. If you’ve got a playlist that you put on to help cheer you up, this song should be a no-brainer addition.
“Taker,” Poster Child’s third track, picks the album up with a more aggressive sound and an anthemic chorus. The pacey arrangement will keep listeners sweating, jumping to the beat, and singing at the top of their lungs with the lead vocalist. The album closes with the fourth track, “I Cannot Sleep at Night.” There’s a lot of things about this song, from the vocal delivery, to the synths, that gives off such a haunting atmosphere that will keep you sleeping at night.
With four tracks, K.I.D has an impressive album with Poster Child, and if this is the first time you’ve heard of this garage pop duo like me, now is a good time to start following and supporting them. There’s nothing else to feel but excitement for all upcoming releases.
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