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The Little Kicks-Shake Of Your Troubles
The Little Kicks are a young four-piece from Aberdeen, who first formed around five years ago, a year or so later they emerged with their debut album, Put Your Love In Front Of Me, a critically acclaimed affair both here in the UK and further afield in Europe, with critics and fans alike won over by their unique brand of off-kilter indie pop. Songs from the debut including lead single Girl (and it’s B-Side, a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams) enjoyed great exposure on the likes of 6 Music, Radio 1 and XFM, which led the band to play a number of high profile shows with the likes of Foals, Maximo Park, Mystery Jets and The Maccabes among others, whilst being courted for numerous music festivals in their native Scotland including T In The Park and Belladrum.
In more recent times a rejig of personnel and some time off to reassess has helped the band focus and in the Spring of 2015 the reconvened band packed their kit up for a lodge in Loch Ness where they focused writing new material, late night recordings gave birth to a collection of thoughtful and liberating indie-pop songs that were soon wrapped up in Edinburgh.
The recordings have resulted in the band returning with a new confidence and a fantastic ten track follow up that should see the band finally capitalise on the initial interest and help propel them into the household names they so rightfully deserve to be.
The album opens with a mood setting two and half minute instrumental, entitled Theme, a track that unites a glitchy rhythm and throbbing bass undercurrent, with a light piano motif and shards of guitar and snyth, suggesting right from the off that Little Kicks mean business, the track segues effortlessly into Sing About Something Real and frontman Steven Milne’s near falsetto lead vocal, whilst programmed beats give way for a thumping organic rhythm. Shimmering guitars and synth melodies collide to create a mesmeric launch pad, whilst added vocal harmonies help the track soar magnificently.
Don’t Get Mad, Get Even follows with a touch of controlled, shimmering feedback before bursting into life with an instantly infectious guitar melody followed by another spiraling to a gorgeous choral hook, with another towering, near falsetto courtesy of Milne, whilst the wordless harmony middle section and gradual build are almost worth the price of admission alone, as The Little Kicks single handily showcase the meaning of rise and fall. Often is a lush, more pop than indie number, opening with bubbling beats and a hint of electronica, before unexpected strings break from cover,lifting the track ever upwards.
Whilst on the whole, Shake Off Your Troubles is a melodic, shimmering pop-laden affair, there’s a number of diverse twists among the thirty-eight minute duration. The band prove they’re more than capable of cranking it with the best of them, on Bang The Drum Slowly, a stomping new wave beat and indie rock guitars compete for attention, whilst it’s not hard to imagine the track’s mantra like outro being bellowed around the indie festival circuit by Little Kicks newcomers and followers alike. Whereas the album’s follow up, You & Someone Like Me, has huge club crossover appeal with it’s Moroder like synths, given the right remix treatment.
Perhaps the band save their best for last, Before We Were Friends, sees the group unite the aforementioned indie pop melodies, bubbling electronics, strings and waves of searching guitar with Milne’s expressive lead vocals for a glorious five minute finale that pulses and shines brightly, proving just why The Little Kicks are so highly regarded, a mesmeric ending to a wondrous album of indie pop at it’s absolute best, expect to hear a great deal more from Scotland’s finest as this year plays out.
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