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Skinny Kids

Strangers (Kingfisher Bluez)

by Victoria Canning


There is much to like about Skinny Kids’ new EP, Strangers. From its nostalgic hat tip to ‘60s psychedelia to the Marc Bolan-esque drawl of lead singer, Trevor Gray, the EP echoes an age of kaleidoscopes, hallucinogens, flower power, and white go-go boots.

More than all of that, these self-professed, reverb drenched, surf stompers, have created a masterpiece that is impossible to put down. Opening track “Stranger on the Highway” is long steeped in warm distortion, “wah wahs,” and infectious guitar riffs. “Psychic Down the Road” is a short and sweet hip shaker, that even Pulp Fiction’s Mia Wallace could lose herself to.

Tunes like these make it hard to discern Skinny Kids from neo-psychedelia contemporaries, Tame Impala, Pond, and Temples. Strangers fills a psychedelic space in today’s musical marketplace that is sorely lacking.

Truly a record for lovers of Disraeli Gears, lo-fi, and sweet ‘60s throwbacks, Skinny Kids are definitely a band to watch out for more of in 2015.