Kid Wave – ‘Gloom’ EP

Score

A sweet but attitude-packed debut from the Heavenly-signed Londoners

Londoners Kid Wave might be one of Heavenly’s latest acquisitions but they’re less inclined towards mind-altering swathes of psychedelic noise than the majority of the label’s roster (see: Toy, Temples, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard). There are vague flashes of that lysergic approach on this debut EP but, for the most part, it’s made up of bright, jangly indie-pop that’s sweet enough to give you toothache. ‘All I Want’ bursts with Mattias Bhatt’s sonorous guitar and the title-track boasts an almighty chorus delivered in frontwoman Lea Emmery’s aloof, husky tone. The foursome really excel on the Garbage-esque ‘Young Blood’ – it’s sweet but there’s enough lingering attitude to give it welcome extra bite.

Details

Record label: Heavenly Recordings
Release date: 24 Nov, 2014