A tsunami of adolescent energy on Kid Wave’s full length album: youthful distorted guitars, angelic background vocals and grooving bass and drums perfect the band’s poppy shoegaze sound. Wonderlust makes you feel like you're about to discover the whole gamut of emotions all over again. And that's a good thing!
6/10 Hayley Staff review, 28 May 2015
Swedish/British/Australian quartet Kid Wave’s debut album Wonderlust channels ’90s American indie like every other band does these days, and there’s not a great deal here to separate them from your usual slacker rock copyists. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, however, as the band do a good job at merging all their influences into one here.
Sounding a bit like a shoegaze band fronted by Sheryl Crowe at times, particularly on the more contemplative, quieter tracks like ‘Walk On Fire’ - though that’s not always the case as Lea Emmery’s vocals prevail when they’re a little more breathy, such as on the melodic’, enlivened ‘Honey’ - Wonderlust is the archetypal indie album to soundtrack hazy summers: uplifting, nostalgic and at times melancholic. Alongside their apparent American indie influences, there’s also slight early Stone Roses influence on title track ‘Wonderlust’ with it’s robust chord structures and bouncy tambourine.
The pace is all over the shop - one minute fast and frantic, the next slow and soporific. They excel most at the former, as their more introspective songs become a little dull. They’re certainly very good at evoking that anthemic indie-rock formula that's become somewhat tried and tested, but will always have its admirers.
Despite being worth your time, Wonderlust is almost too derivative, sometimes even contrived, making it ultimately forgettable. But if you like breezy and uplifting indie rock with not much else going on then this might be for you.
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