Release Date: Jun 2, 2015
Record label: Heavenly
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Dream Pop
London's Kid Wave, a multinational indie rock quartet fronted by Swedish singer/songwriter Lea Emmery, first turned heads in 2014 with their blissed-out debut EP, Gloom. They proved to be a strong fit for British indie Heavenly Records, which released Kid Wave's debut LP, Wonderlust, produced by Dan Austin (Doves, Cherry Ghost). While Kid Wave's earliest output in 2013 was largely the product of a recently transplanted Emmery, they quickly grew into a tight and focused unit with the addition of guitarist Mattias Bhatt (a fellow Swede from Emmery's hometown of Norrköping), Australian drummer Serra Petale, and British bassist Harry Deacon.
It’s hard to believe that ‘Wonderlust’, the debut album from London-via-Sweden four-piece Kid Wave, was recorded in the depths of a dark English winter. A bright, shimmering album right from the get go, Kid Wave proceed to explore the worlds of ‘90s indie rock, shoegaze and dream pop over the course of eleven tracks that are full of youthful yearning and glistening guitar lines. For the most part, they achieve what they set out to do, providing a few welcome surprises in-between.
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