After a three year absence from the recording studio, Vancouver,
Canada's NO KIDS are back again with a short but funky masterpiece,
the JUDY AT THE GROVE EP.
NO KIDS' singer, songwriter, arranger, and musical mastermind Nick
Krgovich has upped his game, spinning rich compositions out of
obsessions with Old Hollywood grandeur and Mullholland Dr.-style
mystery, culminating in an intense and personal ode to a lost Los
Angeles. The four songs that make up JUDY AT THE GROVE conjure a
dreamland where palm trees cast impossibly long shadows, courtyard
swimming pools glow at night, and washed-up movie stars haunt the
streets looking for love.
Taking musical and thematic cues from sources as wildy varied as
Raymond Chandler novels, Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon,
under-appreciated pop heroes like The Blue Nile and Prefab Sprout, as
well as R n' B legends like Sade, Aaliyah and Prince, NO KIDS have
built their own musical universe of intricate vocal lines, precision
harmonies, lush orchestrals, slinky funk guitars, 70's television cop
drama horns, fusion Rhodes grooves, and tight rhythms of both the
human and computerized variety.
JUDY AT THE GROVE is pop record of a different order, transcending any expectations of what indie music should sound like. Pristine
production values, bonkers arrangements, and a jaw-dropping list of
talented guest musicians all prove that NO KIDS are onto some next
level shit. Every track on JUDY AT THE GROVE points to a ingenuity,
maturity, and clarity of vision that lifts NO KIDS heads and shoulders
above their contemporaries.
Following several North American and European tours (most recently
with frequent collaborator and Tomlab label mate Mount Eerie), NO KIDS
have truly come correct with their most jaw-dropping material to date,
totally trumping their critically acclaimed 2008 debut COME INTO MY
HOUSE, and heightening anticipation of an upcoming full-length due at
the end of the year.
released June 15, 2010
Recorded and mixed by Colin Stewart at The Hive Studio. Assisted by Tanis Gibbons. All songs written and arranged by Nick Krgovich. Published by Shopping Music/NW1. Mastered by Stuart McKillop. Design by Jan Lankisch. Performed by Julia Chirka, Justin Kellam, Nick Krgovich, Jeremy Berkman, J.P. Carter, Chris Harris, Marissa Johnson, Rose Melberg, Mariko Molander, Martin Walton, The Elston String Quartet, Stefan Udell, Andy Herfst, Ellen Holck & Erin Donovan. Released by Tomlab.
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