oyster kids – “breathe”

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2019 finds the los angeles outfit oyster kids poised to release both an extended play and a full-length album, the fruits of andew eapen’s silence over the past couple of years.

the quartet returned earlier this year with “losing my mind,” and recently followed up that effort with “breathe,” an effervescent, cathartic release dripping with sunshine. its busier percussion and tighter vocal harmonies subtly augment the core oyster kids sound, a tandem that provides a discreet sense of urgency.

listen to “breathe” below.

oyster kids – “losing my mind”

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after a string of impressive and infectious singles, the elusive los angeles pop act oyster kids took a minute to collect themselves. centered and focused for 2019, the andrew eapen-led outfit is slated to release both an extended play and a full-length album; “losing my mind” is the first taste of what’s to come.

pristinely produced and crystalline in presentation, “losing my mind” is the perfect introduction, or re-introduction, to oyster kids: ruminative lyrics, glimmering synth counter-melodies, whispered vocals that blossom into anthemic hooks. with an effervescent motif that returns again and again, “losing my mind” embeds deeply to leave a lasting impression.

“losing my mind” is out today; check out the kamell allaway-directed music video for the track below.

oyster kids – “40 nights”

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oyster kids continue to be as elusive as the night is long, but that doesn’t prevent the pair from repeatedly turning in stunning, anthemic pop gems.

“40 nights,” the fourth standalone cut from the los angeles duo, has all the hallmarks of a track primed for heavy radio rotation – layered vocals, memorable hooks, appealing duration – but it’s the intentional eeriness permeating throughout that gives the song its singularity.  8-bit synth blips immediately agitate the texture and link with large swaths of echo to produce a haunting, cavernous effect that surges underneath the more aesthetically pleasing components of “4o nights,” a dichotomy that’s explored in most oyster kids tracks but has yet to feel this nuanced.

there’s no word on a larger batch of oyster kids tunes, but these single servings will more than suffice for now.  take a listen to “40 nights” below.

oyster kids – “gum (everybody’s my friend)”

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los angeles duo oyster kids let their confident pop sensibilities do most of the talking.  biographical information on the pair is scant, but the magnitude of their output thus far is hard to ignore; singles “creepy” and “lips” both materialized as the yearly calendar was shifting, and each explored the juxtaposition of ominous and anthemic in slightly different ways while still ultimately yielding a sharp, fully-realized end result.

yesterday, oyster kids returned with their third single.  “gum (everybody’s my friend)” aesthetically bowls down the middle of its predecessors; the song’s peaks and valleys are a bit more streamlined this time around, and the darker undertones are certainly more covert.  rather than setting the moody titularly or via a specific timbre, the duo house a sense of debauchery in the simple commands of the song’s hook, crafting an understated breed of anthem via repetition.  take a listen to “gum” below.

oyster kids – “lips”

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have crossover pop acts like foster the people and gotye already become nostalgic touchstones?  mysterious los angeles duo oyster kids put forth a convincing, favorable argument with their second single, “lips,” a brassy, mid-tempo anthem accompanied by a listless set of lyrics capable of embedding itself deep into psyches upon repeated listenings.  while less outwardly eerie than its predecessor, “creepy,” “lips” solidifies the duo’s penchant for a dichotomy rarely executed so well.  take a listen below.

watch the music video for oyster kids’ “creepy”

los angeles duo oyster kids emerged earlier this month with “creepy,” a haunting debut single with strong synth-pop urges held in check by ominous bass lines and an eerie vocal duet throughout the chorus.  the new music video for “creepy” compounds that aesthetic; kamall allaway weaves a morbid tale through a stock high school prom setting, replete with doll-like leading roles and a pair of mummies that act as their handlers.  check out the clip below.