Kid Adrift - 'Oxytocin EP' (Island Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Craggy   
Monday, 12 July 2010 05:45

kidadriftFinally, we have entered a sustained period of intense heat so we can bronze ourselves and turn our British downward smiles 180 degrees around. People really do seem happier in the summer, so on this lazy Sunday afternoon what better way to spend it than listen to someone who makes his music alone in his bedroom?


Kid Adrift is on the up. A popular subject of the Radio 1 musical airwaves, his media "buzz" list on his MySpace page presents an impressive reflection on his recent work. So with all this media hype propelling the project forward, it's time for me to review something a little different for the pages of Über Röck and to hear what this guy has to say.


'Oxytocin' is the three track 'personal manifesto from Iain Archer', released through Island Records and is a master example in electronically driven musical craftsmanship. The opener and title song is a poppy offering with an easily accessible melody swimming peacefully on an electronic journey, before breaking into chaotic sounds from some Tron-like battlefield. The sound of strings accompanies this, producing a sound which is multilayered but not confused.


'Crash Therapy' is a darker and more driving song with heavy use of dramatic effects and guitar sounds that can be likened to those often offered up by Muse. The song is propelled along at a steady pace by the dramatic sound of a distorted bass drum, like that of a shot fired from an alien pulse weapon. It is easy to imagine this as a live song played by a full band, suiting the big stage rather than the smaller.


The EP ends with the largely instrumental (if that's the right term for laptop-based music) 'Static'. This varies somewhat from the vibe of the previous two tunes and has a more traditional retro influence. Upbeat, and a lean towards the darker side of the 80s pop scene, this reminds me a little of the harder side of Eurythmics, with a particularly Lennox-sounding refrain.


One of Kid Adrift's feet is in the bed with Muse, looking towards to a happy and dynamic future, while the other is snuggling nostalgically with a little retro. But that's the beauty of the intertextuality of music - it can be an open relationship. The music here is certainly interesting. It will appeal particularly to those who like their electronic music with a little more balls, but maybe less so to those who like their rock with a touch of electronics. The intelligent use of melody and harmony-driven choruses may well pave the way to success for Iain Archer.