This ‘Kid Wave’ review was written by Max Litchfield, a GIGsoup contributor.

Kid Wave’s infectious brand of alternative ‘90’s influenced indie mixed with shoegaze is evident throughout their debut album ‘Wonderlust’. The intriguing international mix of their members from Sweden, Britain and Australia is a just one part of Kid Wave’s original aesthetic in the world of indie rock. The eponymous opening track ‘Wonderlust’ is a catchy, convincing single that shows the real promise and potential of this band and can be easily identified as both the band and album’s leading and best track. Lea Emmery’s, hushed breathy vocals compliment the stylish and confident riff from fellow Swede Matthias Batt, which delivers a song in the same ilk as that of Dinosaur Jr. This theme is then continued in the next track, the slower ‘Gloom’ that emphasizes the talents of Kid Wave’s Australian drummer Serra Petale allowing for a considered and convincing transition through the first half of the album. This track was also released on the band’s first ever E.P, released in 2014 and therefore shows Kid Waves’ own appreciation of the track including it on their debut release.

A relaxed, lazy summery tone is felt throughout all of Kid Wave’s songs on ‘Wonderlust’ but this is felt most through the middle of the release on tracks like ‘Walk on Fire’ and ‘Sway’ which would provide worthy listening for evenings spent watching the sunset. There is a chance for the band to reminisce about the past and look back with Lea’s vocals on the track ‘Best Friend’ but they never veer too far away from their association with shoegaze and 90’s influenced alternative indie. ‘Wonderlust’ does lose some of its early momentum by the latter half of the album, with a definite lull in the emphasis seen here. However ‘Wonderlust’ can be seen as Kid Wave’s experiment with their own style of shoegaze and their use of reverb on their tracks provides a clear, relaxed yet endearing album.

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The album ends with ‘Dreaming On’ again a softer and calmer track to bring the album to its conclusion. This track ties the album up well, with Kid Wave showing real promise in this debut but at the same time leaving the listener just ever so slightly wanting more, as a result making the listener excited and most importantly intrigued for future releases from this internationally diverse band.  ‘Wonderlust’ displays a band that knows which direction they want to go in with their music whilst at the same time allowing room for some experimentation. The album is far from perfect and does include some dull moments but overall is an incredibly promising and exciting release. It may not be filled with punchy riffs and catchy songs throughout but it does exhibit a considered and interesting listen which will construct a definitive fan base, keen to see how the promise and potential of ‘Wonderlust’ can be developed upon in future releases and live shows from Kid Wave.

‘Wonderlust’ is out now on Heavenly Recordings

You can see ‘Kid Wave’ live at one of the following venues…

14th June 2015 – Isle of Wight Festival 2015

24th June 2015 – Sebright Arms, London

5th July 2015 – The Kazimier, Liverpool

17th July 2015 – Kantine am Berghain, Berlin

26th July 2015 – Tramlines Festival 2015

1st August 2015 – Port Eliot Festival 2015, St Germans

8th August 2015 – Boardmasters Festival 2015, Corwall

The full track-listing for ‘Wanderlust’ is as follows…

‘Wonderlust’

‘Gloom’

‘Honey’

‘Best Friend’

‘Walk On Fire’

‘Baby Tiger’

‘All I Want’

‘Sway’

‘Freeride’

‘I;m Trying to Break Your Heart’

‘Dreaming On’

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3.5*

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