The Green Child is Mikey Young (of Total Control) and Raven Mahon (of Grass Widow), playing together and not-together, cross-continentally. This is their self-titled debut full-length, and it's an electronic song-based tour de force of arpeggiating synths and cool vocal performances. Released by Upset The Rhythm.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 14 February 2018
This record of balloons and butt scribbles exists to give Mikey Young (of synth punks Total Control) and Raven Mahon (of Glass Widows) the chance to make cyborg pop that’s extra cold and super laser-beamed. Inspired by Herbert Read’s solitary novel of the same name, a dystopia about two mystery kids, they use simple drum machine patterns, synths both blissed out and melodically ridiculous, and vocals of extreme deadpan.
Raven Mahon’s vocal is the captivating kind of mundane -- like when Factory Floor did “Fall Back” ad nauseum, she flows into these songs like she were executing a programme to run through them. At times she matches the duo’s lovely melodic work -- mixing synth work both bright and dour on “Her Majesty II”, the duo implement acoustic strums and riffs that may as well be post-punk melodies. The song offers tiny innovations to a tried and tested sound -- an experiment that delightfully just sounds like real good indie pop.
They do so much cool stuff on this record, clearly uninhibited by their choice genre’s natural atmosphere of restraint. “New Year’s Eve” is an off-kilter slice of genius, its constituent beats and blips coming together, or simply course correcting my brain’s expectations. The riffs, tense and silky, are met with synth oscillations and a disparate drum part, the whole thing climaxing without ever really having to push the dynamics on us. Of course, I’d trust these two to craft this kind of record, rather than simply calibrate it -- it’s coldwave to warm the heart.
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