The Little Kicks have long been one of Aberdeen’s best loved bands, thanks to their ability to write the catchiest of indie-pop. Since releasing their self-titled second album they’ve played festivals and all across Europe and now they’re back, on the cusp of releasing their new album, with a corker of a single.
Girl is a natural progression for The Little Kicks. While their second album introduced synthesisers to their previously guitar-dominated sound, this new song takes it up another notch. Alluringly subtle guitar lines mingle with punchy synth chords over a steady disco drumbeat that builds up to a very danceable chorus. The song’s beauty is in its simplicity, and as always is enhanced by frontman Steven Milne’s superb vocal performance.
The single is backed with a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams. It’s nice to see the band acknowledging their musical inspirations, and they certainly do it justice with an acoustic cover that makes the song their own. Its calmness makes for a nice contrast against the upbeat lead song.
If the other tracks on The Little Kicks’ forthcoming third album are as strong as Girl, and all the indicators are there that they are, then we’re in for a treat. For now though, Girl serves as a tantalising teaser.
Girl by The Little Kicks is out on the 29th of July via all the usual online outlets. A launch show will be held on the 3rd of August in Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree.