Layla’s Love

It’s summer, finally, and it’s time to come out of hibernation, roll down the windows and crank up the volume with Kidsmoke blasting out of the speakers. The newest offering from Welsh up and coming band, Kidsmoke, is the single Layla’s Love and it is the perfect song for summer.

Following on the heels of “The Bluest You”, Kidsmoke is making waves in 2020 with their single “Layla’s Love” which will feature on their much-anticipated debut album A Vision In The Dark which will be available on June 19th 2020.

Layla’s Love is deceptively easy music. The truth is a bit more complicated as the bass player, and songwriter James Stickels tells us, “Many songs on the album are not in standard tunings. I like to start with tuning a few of the bottom four strings differently and trying to find a chord that sounds interesting, almost as if I am learning the guitar again and making up chords. Then I tune the top 2 strings to where I think they best sit to handle the various chord progressions. Layla’s Love started in this way. I think there was a Kevin Morby influence, maybe some Seazoo too. Ultimately you could probably play our songs in standard tuning, but I think the chords would miss that certain something which makes them sound a little bit different and interesting.”

A bit different? A bit interesting? That’s like saying the Dead Sea is a bit salty. Kidsmoke makes music that is both fun and complex at the same time. After repeated listening and trying to filter out the details I am impressed by the quality of not just the playing but the production, courtesy of Russ Hayes, and the lyrics add texture to an already heady mix.

Bottom line? I can’t wait to play the whole album when it drops on June 19th via Libertino Records. Time for a road trip with “A Vision In The Dark” blasting the winter doldrums away.

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Debut album A Vision In The Dark will be released 19th of June 2020 and is available to pre-order now on Ltd Edition pink vinyl and CD:

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Kidsmoke – The Bluest You

Wrexham’s Kidsmoke have just dropped new video ‘The Bluest You’ to announce their debut album, described by The Line Of Best Fit as ‘hazy and euphoric’. The band has just signed for 2020 to Libertino Records, and have just announced their long-awaited debut album coming 19th June 2020.

Kidsmoke – ‘”The Bluest You” Debut album coming 19th June, 2020 Via Libertino Records



“This song is a favourite of ours and takes up that all-important position of the last track on A Vision In The Dark. To us it’s full of intricacies, layers, textures and swirling vocals, so when Edwin (Burdis) shared his initial ideas about the direction of the video we knew immediately that he’d hit the nail on the head. We loved the idea of constant movement and of abstract shapes and colours – you never quite work out what / who you’re looking at before it moves onto something else.

We filmed the video in just under 3 hours (that’s got to be some kind of record…?) at Roc2 Studios in Wrexham. It wasn’t really like any other video shoot we’ve done before, but Edwin seemed to have everything mapped out perfectly in his mind so we knew we were in safe hands.”

The Bluest You

Welsh up and coming band Kidsmoke may be singing about feeling blue but it left me feeling more alive. “The Bluest You” is a teaser single from their forthcoming album which will drop this summer until then we can enjoy the catchy hooks and jangly guitars that are definitely not the blues.

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The band tells us: “This song is a live favourite of ours. It is a fly on the wall look into a household where one person’s depression is affecting everyone else who lives
there. The song doesn’t address the feelings of the person suffering with depression, it is a sort of commentary from the viewpoint of the rest of the family.”
Initially inspired by Low/Heroes-era David Bowie, the track was intended to be an
instrumental – but after intense rehearsals and the addition of some Matt Berninger-
influenced lyrics, it morphed into something completely different and became the
track we hear today. I am glad they expanded it to more than it was initially intentioned to be.
Dialogue about mental health is something that we should be engaging in, and listening to, as we are doing with this edgy song from Kidsmoke. The song rocks gracefully with guitars that cut through the song like a hot knife through butter. Kidsmoke layer synths, strings, guitars and smooth vocals together and produce a very listenable song, I look forward to the album.
Stay safe and enjoy the music folks.




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