Wednesday, 24 June 2020

🐣 BROKEN KID CLUB — LIGHTBEAM (WITH SQWD)

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Taken from his SONDER EP, Broken Kid Club's 'Lightbeam' is the softness of life entangled with its harsher parts. The stress of skittering percussion, hyperventilating synth, cracking synth, far-off gunshots, yes — but also the mellow of a clouded sunrise in tracts of modulated synth, calming vox rising up like a forcefield. Then, abruptly, the circuitry changes again.

Broken Kid Club, aka Mexico City-based producer Alex Valdés, credits the intense-yet-beautiful sounds on his track 'Lightbeam' to a careful balance of tension and mellowed sounds. The track, Valdés explains, represents his own musical journey — that of going from a "pop songwriter" to creating more complex music like this, enlisting the help of fellow musician, LA-based Sqwd, to execute it.

"I envisioned a lot of aquatic animals alongside different, colourful textures," he says via email, speaking about the imagery behind the track that also went on to inform the EP's artwork.

Otherwise minimal and almost oppressive with its sense of space, 'Lightbeam' is noisy and pugilistic, shot through with glimmers of human joy and relief, a melding of machine and mind. "I believe living one of the world's most surreal cities has definitely impacted my production style," he says.

"It's impossible to see what one sees every day in my hometown and stay inside the box."



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