In early 2011 it appeared for all intents and purposes that Simple Kid was no more, a simple message adorned website ‘Simple Kid RIP’. A brief but fruitful and exciting musical talent lost. Following a serendipitous discovery on spotify, it seems all is not lost.
Despite this announcement proclaiming the demise of Simple Kid, a new single, ‘The Road’ was slipped out well and truly under the radar in February through Static Caravan records. ‘The Road’ is simply wonderful. Always one for pitting his folk, blues and indie influences with electronics, it sees him push further in that direction. Electronics, beats, swirling synths and a (slight) computerised voice partner his own sweet harmonious vocals guitar strums. This is perfect pop song craftsmanship, the kind of thing Super Furry Animals have perfected over the years.
Whether this is the last flinch, a found farewell, or something more, only time will tell. Either way ‘The Road’ is magnificent, demonstrating the many reasons why Simple Kid has been missed. Till the next time, hopefully, ‘The Road’.
You can pick up ‘The Road’ from Static Caravan Records for a cool €1.