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Black Kids 

Partie Traumatic

Black Kids
Partie Traumatic
The latest rush of new wave-inspired electro-pop seems engineered specifically for 30-somethings. Born in the '70s, these kids muddled their way through puberty with help from the emotional, moody soundtrack of bands like Depeche Mode or The Cure. They then went on to find themselves through the gritty energy of grunge and noise.These days, indie pop seems to have matured alongside these last dregs of Generation X, culminating into a world of ironic love, infectious keyboard melodies and edgy yet danceable rock music. With all these qualities securely at their core, Black Kids sit poised to take the reigns of this movement. At the base of Partie Traumatic's appeal is Reggie Youngblood, not just because he crafts beautifully complex songs, but also because of how well his idiosyncratic voice plays off the vocals of Dawn Watley and Ali Youngblood. His wit easily deserves the heaps of critical acclaim it has garnered him; some songs wax insightful, such as "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You," where he begins "You are the girl/ that I've been dreaming of/ ever since I was a little girl."While this last year has seen some great indie pop albums, Black Kids' debut is a shining example of the genre's capricious evolution.
--Caley MacLennan
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