I’ve spent the morning hanging wallpaper in my bedroom and I’m honestly drained. I’m not tired, just drained. Okay, maybe tired. Regardless it’s too early in the day to be feeling this tired so time to find some new music to give me the kick in the butt that I need to continue on with my home improvement projects. Let’s take Uncle Kid’s brand new EP ‘Indistinct Chatter’ for a spin and see if it does the trick!
I was intrigued as soon as “Lamplig” kicked in. Although I think I was hoping for something a bit more upbeat to be the kick in the butt I needed, the instrumentation instantly had me intrigued. The curiosity and intrigue continued as the vocals came in almost like a spoken word segment. I only caught a couple of the words and phrases here and there but they had me stuck. A little political and extremely full of passion, Uncle Kid’s voice has something super soothing about it but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
“Supermarket Sweep” continues with this weird vibe that is super distinct to Uncle Kid. An electronic beat hides underneath the vocals that, again, brought this odd sense of comfort around me even though I felt no attachment to the words. Although I’m a lyric lady to a fault, so far this EP has me entranced by the beat rather than the words. It’s not that the beat is super odd or intense, more that it is just beautifully done. Somehow simple yet complicated when you try to break down the parts. It’s honestly quite brilliant.
Third on this quick EP is “Hermano” which was an instant favorite of mine. There’s a sense of whimsy that comes with the beginning of this track and, overall, it just has a bit of a more playful vibe to it rather than a more strict and regimented sound as the first two tracks. This is the longest song on this EP but it doesn’t feel like it due to the rises, falls, and sharp turns that come with it. I was captivated through the four and a half minutes of this track and, when it was done, I couldn’t help but go back and listen to it again. I honestly just wish my Spanish was a little bit better so I could understand more of what was being said.
“Superman” closes out this release in a powerful way but still in the same distinct sound that Uncle Kid has laid out on the previous tracks. A triumphant piano plays behind the vocals and you get a little bit of the whimsy felt in “Hermano” which makes this a perfect blend of previous tracks. The beat is a little bit more infectious like Massive Attack but it’s hard to name an act to truly compare Uncle Kid to. That’s what makes this such an interesting and intriguing listen.
Uncle Kid’s’ Indistinct Chatter’ definitely wasn’t quite what I was looking for right now but I’m glad I got to experience it. It’s an interesting piece of work that had me at the edge of my seat throughout just wondering what would come next. The blend of multiple genres and influences is perfect and has definitely left a lasting impression on me.
Favorite Track(s): “Hermano”
For Fans Of: Thought-provoking lyrics; Interesting song structure; Hidden beats
Daydream-ability: 6 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie ate Autumn’s breakfast leftovers; Autumn slept on the stairs to the basement
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 4 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 5.5 out of 10
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