KIDCITY- Mrdr Brdns EP
Record Label: Self-released
Release Date: Sept. 17, 2012
As a music listener, it’s always good to step outside of the box (and your comfort zone) and embrace something new. The Canadian duo KIDCITY is comprised of 22-year-old husband and wife Kelly Ann and Caleb Ellis, who reside in both Canada (their home country) and Los Angeles. Mrdr Brdns is the follow up to their 2001 self-titled EP, an effort the band described as "clip-hop," and cited influences as wide-ranging as Enya and Dr. Dre.
Truth be told, those two artists are a great reference point for the music of KIDCITY. Their sonic landscapes are moody and shivery and shake and thump at the whim of Kelly Ann's intonations. But underneath all the cacophony is an angelic voice, a definitive ear for melody and a pop landscape that's attention-worthy and infinitely indelible.
Opener "Voodoo," is dark and apocalyptic. Kelly's vocals jump into frame immediately and bring the listener to attention. Her voice is captivating and immediately rise above the glitchy swirls and swoops. Far more accessible and commercial than anything on the 2011 EP, "Voodoo," is a surefire step forward and a sign of marked maturation and progress. To call it an absolute delight would be selling it short. "Call Mom," follows and the narrative is once again fueled by Kelly Ann's empathetic vocals. A sensitive and touching yarn about tragedy, the song is transcendent, impressionable and an absolute knockout. To put it succinctly, these kinds of songs just aren't being made anymore.
The title-track is demonic and dark and ultimately super-creepy. There's almost a Resident Evil-vibe to the movements, but that feeling gives way to something more charming at the 1:40 mark, when Kelly's vocals allow the song to make some sort of appealing and impressionable dent. It is also here that the song shifts and moves towards something more swirly and cylindrical and the tone itself becomes more vibrant and emotive.
Mrdr Brdn's penultimate cut is "Powder," which thumps and wheezes with a thick sense of rhythm and moxie. There's no denying it is a sexy and sleek song and the charisma is tangibly felt. While its probably stronger than the title track, it falls short in comparison to "Voodoo," and "Call Mom." Fittingly, the EP ends with "What Have You Done," a celestial and luminescent composition that is dreamy, cinematic and ultimately very rewarding. And it is in these few minutes, that Mrdr Brdns makes all the sense in the world.
The music is sullen and dark but is anchored by a feathery and sweetly affecting vocalist; the soundscapes are shifting and busy, and the sentiments are honest, solacing and very relative. That the end result is as cherishing as it is, is only more a reason to get on board the KIDCITY wagon. This is a diamond in the rough just waiting to be found.