Kill It Kid – Feet Fall Heavy (One Little Indian)

September 15, 2011 by  

Kill It Kid follow their self titled debut of 2009 with an all together different animal. Feet Fall Heavy is a dirty balls out Blues album. Usually the second album syndrome is that of a difficult task to beat the album you had a lifetime to write. Kill It Kid have knocked this one out of the park.

Setting out to capture “the spirit of our times”, in lead singer Chris Turpin’s own words, the album was recorded in 10 short days. This urgency is evident in the way the tracks are gritty and raw, stripped of any over production, which is refreshing in the modern times of Pro-Tooling the crap out of every song to make it perfect.

he bands two main protagonists the aforementioned Turpin (Lead Vox & Guitar) and Stephanie Ward (Vox & Keys) blend seamless harmonies that are powerful, beautiful and emotive. Ward at times flips from almost Banshee like wailings to a demure, sultry and smouldering vocal performance. Turpin’s voice is equally versatile and it is no wonder comparisons have already been made with Blues legend Robert Plant. Their influences are obvious, but they emulate them so well it still manages to feel totally fresh, and with a style that is decades old that is no mean feat.

The album itself is interspersed with Alan Lomax field recordings (samples also used and made famous by Moby on his Play album) which lends an altogether deep south feel about it. Opening track ‘You’re In My Blood’ couldn’t have been better chosen, it has elements of everything this record is about; dirty blues guitar yet soulful and melodic. ‘Heart Rested With You’ will have you grinning from ear to ear. Turpin really opens his lungs in the mournful ‘Wild And Wasted Waters’. ‘Pray On Me’ which was the first single is a mammoth track that hurts it’s so good. The melancholic ‘Dark Hearted Songbird’ brings the mood down with Wards haunting vocals. The pace is immediately picked up by the aptly named ‘Run’ which is unrelenting.

Turpin and Ward again blend beautifully in battle on ‘Sweetness Has A Hold On’. ‘Sweet Nothings’ sees Turpin again demonstrate his amazing versatility with a gut wrenching performance. ‘Home’ is a soulful affair which builds to a stunning crescendo. Ending on title track ‘Let My Feet Fall Heavy’ which has a Gilmour inspired intro the final snippet of Lomax’s recordings leads into an all out attack on the eardrums.

Without trying to be sycophantic, I can’t say enough good things about this album. An incredible work full of maturity for ones so young it is an absolute beast that will leave you wanting to do nothing more that listen to it again and again.

[rating:5]


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