Kid le Chat has self-released their sophomore LP, Lost Critters: a constantly captivating new-wave album made for you to dance, daydream, and sing along to like it’s summertime in the 80’s. These synth-heavy, reverb drenched tunes serve as a perfect soundtrack for all of your future carefree nights.
Each song has a life on it’s own, the next more catchy and danceable than the one prior to it. David Wilson’s vocals sound as if he’s always about to fade into a beautiful sunset with outstretched arms, while Leo Moretti’s intricate guitar work easily has a stamp of approval from Bowie’s Scary Monsters and Nile Rodgers. The songs all sound extremely hopeful, which I find super refreshing right now. Instantly with the ambitious title track, Kid le Chat unapologetically bounce off ideas on a mission to be heard as some voice of reason. Moving from sociopolitical topics (“Lost Critters”/“No Drugs”) to introspective and personal (“Algorythm”/“Dreaming Electric”) le Chat has a lot to say here — to be expected if you’ve seen them live in recent months. In each set Wilson takes a moment to address the crowd, urging them to listen to one another and saying that’s all we can do in these uncertain days. These moments are pretty sobering especially given the situations in the U.S. and their hometown in Brazil.
On a lighter note, my three faves right off the bat are “Skinny Britches,” “No Drugs,” and “Algorythm”. Lost Critters is an effort that was rounded out with the help of bassist Michael Sue-Poi (SUPRCOLR / Nation of Language) and production from Abe Seiferth.