Come Into My House is the first release by Vancouver, Canada trio NO
KIDS. Comprised of 3/4s of the critically revered pop band P:ANO, NO
KIDS are multi-instrumentalists Julia Chirka, Justin Kellam, and
singer/songwriter Nick Krgovich.
Recorded at The Hive Studio in Vancouver (with the help of a sizeable
grant from the Canadian government and the talents of nine guest
musicians), Come Into My House achieves an unexpected cohesiveness
despite the wide range of musical styles covered in its forty-one
minutes. Golden era Hollywood musicals, Jam & Lewis-inspired
production techniques, the icy displacement of contemporary r n' b,
and the breadth of Arthur Russell's, disco, pop, and avant garde
compositional work are referenced and married together by novelistic
narrative strains, a lush instrumental palette, and a cinematic
Come Into My House is an album set in the perpetual Autumn New England of Douglas Sirk's classic melodramas. Krgovich's songs are populated by stuffy, lonely, Ivy League educated recluses with amazing
wardrobes, langouring in empty beach houses while the leaves whip past enormous picture windows. Its dreariness in only the broadest of
gestures, made Technicolor and hugely romantic with sweeping
orchestral arrangements. Like the characters in an Alex Katz painting
coming to life and bursting into song, Come Into My House turns the
mundane into cinemascopic musical extravaganza. It's easy to imagine
Busby Berkeley-esque dance numbers for any one of these twelve tracks. Ambitious to the point of absurdity, Come Into My House is an album too grand to ignore.
Come Into My House (which takes its name from a 1989 Queen Latifah
dance single) will be released by the Tomlab label on February 19,
2008. The first single, "For Halloween," capitalizes on elaborate
vocal arrangements, thick bass, skittering rhythms, and an unexpected
bassoon break to deliver an endlessly listenable piece of pop music.
I can't imagine a better introduction to a truly spectacular and
endlessly surprising debut album from NO KIDS.
released February 19, 2008
Recorded by Colin Stewart at The Hive Studio. Produced by Colin Stewart and No Kids. Mastered by John Golden Mastering. All songs written by Nick Krgovich. Arranged by Nick Krgovich & No Kids. Published by Shopping Music/NW1. Cover Art by Alex Katz. Ives Field #1 (C) 2007 Alex Katz / VG-Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy of Jablonka Galerie, Cologne/Berlin. Additional editing and design by Jan Lankish. Performed by Julia Chirka, Justin Kellam, Nick Krgovich, J.P. Carter, Chris Harris, Marissa Johnson, Arland Mark, Mariko Molander, Kristian North, Ryan Peters, Tim Sars, Stefan Udell & Martin Walton.
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