Distorted Kid has been involved with music for a long time. He started as a drummer, worked as a producer and recently released Distorted Kid 1. He has a background in jazz and rock. With that in mind, I was a little taken aback by the music on his release.
It’s largely electronic and experimental. The songs are catchy but the hooks and melodies aren’t immediately apparent. Take for instance the opener “i'm just fine.” The vocals are delivered in a unique cadence. It’s almost like he is dragging his words at points but it works. The music is a mix of distorted guitars, synths and electronic drums. There are some really interesting things happening with dissonance. It’s not exactly pretty; in fact it sort of sounds like some alternative version of Industrial at points.
“Such an inspiration” kind of goes deeper into some of the darker elements that are on the first song. The distortion from the guitar bleeds into fluctuating drones and crystal like synths. There is a lot of dissonance happening but the vocals are often brilliantly interweaved.
Up next we have “the edge” which continues to go down this wormhole. It became apparent to me at this point that he was building a foundation to these songs. The music is metallic, distorted but you always get a sense of space. “Good luck with that” is the arguable highlight. The music could be in a horror movie and there is a sense of impending doom. Last up is “what a shame” which is perhaps his most intense and dynamic vocal performance.
Distorted Kid 1 contains some very original sounding music. It took me a good amount of time to figure out how much I liked this release. It’s dissonant, dark and unconventional but there are rewards for people who want to stick with it. If you are looking for something strikingly unique make sure to check this out.
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