Following the release of their reverb-soaked debut album Wonderlust this past June on Heavenly Recordings, Kid Wave have shared a music video for track ‘I’m Trying To Break your Heart.’
‘I’m Trying To Break Your Heart’ is taken from Kid Wave’s recently debuted album Wonderlust that was recorded at Eve Studio in Stockport with producer Dan Austin (Doves, Cherry Ghost). The track itself is swirling with resounding guitar work and front woman Lea Emmery’s lush vocals offering self-aware musings about heartbreak. The wistful landscapes and narrative in this video prove an apt (and lovely) compliment to this, eloquently basking in the nuanced moments and overlap of young love and deep friendships.
The band has also announced details of a UK headline tour in the autumn of this year.
Kid Wave craft slacker indie rock and transcendental dream-laden pop of a distinctly early ’90s bent. We hear shades of Lush and Dinosaur Jr. in their sonic sunshine, though other ears might recall PJ Harvey, The Lemonheads, The Breeders, Pavement or Teenage Fanclub. The one thing that perhaps unites this music of the past with Kid Wave is an infatuation with melody; this quartet never sacrifice the song for volume or let the feedback do the work. Because at the center, beneath the shoe-gazing dynamics and the dark lyrical undercurrents that speak of existential quandaries and the confusions of young life in the 21st century, is a heart that beats for pop music.
The international quartet’s debut album Wonderlust is a crafted set of pop songs that bathe in the golden, restorative rays more commonly associated with life on the Californian coast rather than London, where Kid Wave reside. This is music that’s delivered with an uplifting sense of youthful, wild abandon, yet it also projects undercurrents of wistful melancholy. Occasionally dark clouds obscure their sonic sunshine and there’s a nagging sense that no summer lasts forever.
Nevertheless it’s an achievement made all the more remarkable by the fact that 22 year old singer/songwriter Lea Emmery and guitarist Mattias Bhatt hail from the south-east coast of Sweden where sub-zero Baltic winds blow in to freeze the land for several months of the year, and that this debut was recorded in Stockport during the darker days and crepuscular nights of an English winter.
Kid Wave sing escapist songs of struggle, desire and yearning: songs born out of Lea’s lonely years as a teenager adrift in a foreign country, where the hope of musical success and a superhuman level of stubbornness were the only things stopping her from returning to the safety of the family home.
These are timeless songs that sing of life-defining moments. Wonderlust is sure to soundtrack many a young romantic fumbling or infatuation, wild party or sun-rise revelation. Kid Wave are the sound of liberation – of the very essence of life itself.
Kid Wave are: Lea Emmery (vocals & guitar), Harry Deacon (bass), Serra Petale (drums) & Mattias Bhatt (guitar).
4. Best Friend
5. Walk On Fire
6. Baby Tiger
7. All I Want
10. I’m Trying To Break Your Heart
11. Dreaming On