Kid Wave is an indie rock quartet based in London. They have a pretty heavy mid-1990s college radio sound. You might say that they sound like Teenage Fanclub or The Breeders. You might also say that they sound like something more contemporary like Best Coast.
Though based in London, the band is half Swedish, a quarter English, and a quarter Australian. As a teenager, Lea Emmery (vocals/guitars) came to England from her family’s home in Norrköping, Sweden in order to “learn something about music”. Norrköping is a small city on the Baltic coast. sometimes referred to as “the Swedish Manchester”. Matthias Bhatt (guitar) is also from the same city. Emmery was studying sound engineering at college, where she met Perth native Serra Petale (drums). Harry Deacon (bass) who was a friend of a friend, and who is a Londoner, joined their lot to fully form Kid Wave.
Last autumn, the band released their debut EP Gloom via Heavenly Recordings, and they followed that this June 1 with their debut album Wonderlust.
Although this is my kind of thing, I only just learned about this band when I got something in the mail bag about the newly released video for today’s song. With its fuzz, its throwback sound, and the tiny bit of dirt amid the meticulously crafted shimmering pop, I loved it right away. I might be trying too hard to make a Swedish comparison here, but I really think that Emmery sounds a bit like The Concretes’ former frontwoman Victoria Bergsman.
There isn’t a soundcloud or bandcamp file for the song, but here’s the video. In case you’re curious, the girls in the video aren’t Emmery and Petale; they’re actors.
You can get Wonderlust from any online retailer in physical or digital format.