Discovery: Kidsmoke

North Wales natives Kidsmoke impress with their new track Passenger, a catchy, melodic and sweet-sounding indie-pop dream.

By Mark Wright

The guitars in the opening salvo of Passenger evoke tones reminiscent of Mac Demarco or even surf-rock and are nicely backed up by quick drums and the sound of chords from an acoustic guitar. Instrumentally the track never comes close to disappointment at any point, with the somewhat jangly guitars and rhythmic bass carrying the listener through. The track’s hook, “I’m moving on; I’m a passenger”, grabs the attention of any listeners simply taken in by the sweet instrumentals and shakes them awake, making them aware of the emotion and melancholia behind the initially cheery sounding song. The vocal performance on Passenger is an impressive in its endearing, sensitive and at some points somewhat vulnerable sounding nature.

Kidsmoke are going from strength to strength and certainly seem to be on the rise. Their single Sister Sadness received recognition and got airtime on BBC 6 Music. The track also gained a place on official Spotify playlists and received airtime on Radio X. Similarly, the song Take me to the River featured on the soundtrack to Channel 4 programme ‘Black Mirror.’ Kidsmoke are definitely one for fans of Turnover, Mac Demarco or any other lovers of indie-pop and dream-pop. Check out their new single, Passenger, below.