Thursday, May 03, 2012

Cold Blue Kid: Mimic (EP)

 Where more recently released music is concerned, traces of influence from various artists or genres, both past and present, are not all that uncommon for us to notice. Mentioned or otherwise, we always enjoy quiet little comparisons while listening and have a definite treat for sharing today. Chicago, Illinois based Cold Blue Kid began as the solo music project of multi-instrumentalist Alex Longoria in the latter part of 2010. After a debut, self-titled album was recorded bedroom-style that same year, Alex enlisted the accompaniment of local musicians Andrew Sole (percussion), Evan Holmes (guitar, vocals), Sarah Gallagher (bass, vocals) and Jenn Romero (keyboards, vocals) to complete the full band lineup. Earlier this year, with the now five piece outfit in place, a collection of six new songs were made available in the form of an EP titled Mimic. From the very beginning of our listening session(s), a growing sense of JAMC influence gives way to lightly threaded hints of New Order that seem to float out into an open sea of Scandinavian pop inspiration. All similarities aside, the occasional and unexpected launch of drifting guitars lay claim to a rare sweet spot in the ear, leaving our minds on the sun-drenched lawn of an imaginary summer music festival. Impressive new music from a band we hope to follow up on.  

From the February 2012 EP Mimic MP3: Mimic

 **BONUS** From the January 2011 debut release Cold Blue Kid
MP3: Stay Alive

 This Sunday, May 6, the band will perform live at local Chicago music venue Subterranean. For additional information, visit the Cold Blue Kid Facebook page.

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