The new album from Kid Mud is an amalgamation of the band’s best songs from the past eight years. Originally the band was comprised of only Sean Duncan but after roping in some friends, the indie rock band became the Kid Mud we see today. Duncan, Steve Brooks, Mike Reavill, Nick Ruiz and Mike Watkins blend their varied musical tastes and styles into one unanimous sound on the album It’s Time To Relate. Although this project has only just been released, the group is already working on EPs to include in their tour set for later in the year.
The album begins with broken chords and rich vocal harmonies on the track Joey Crown. I felt that the guitar sometimes sounded out of time, but this could have been a deliberate move on the band’s part as it doesn’t last for long. The repetition of ‘You Don’t Belong’ in the next track was a great way to make the song memorable when other elements of the song were not easy to latch onto. Accounts used some surprising chords in the chorus, and the feel of the song could lend itself nicely to a film soundtrack. The highlight of Union Made was the vocal harmonies which made the song texturally robust. The next track was silmilar in atmosphere but implemented more electronic elements with the synth.
The album continued with the slow tempo for Limit One Per Visit. The track had a slow build up with harmonies introduced first then sporadic little synth sounds added later on. Press It Out switched pace, being more upbeat and playing on dissonant chords. I enjoyed the changing rhythms in the second-to-last phrase of the first section, it was a great way of keeping the listener guessing. The synth sounds in This Way Is Safe featured heavily in the track were reminiscent of eighties video games, an intriguing turn for the album to make. I felt that Been Here Before needed some subtle drumming introduced at the 1:30 mark as the track seemed empty without it. The last track was an interesting way to end the album. 1401 S. Grand Street felt like an electronic experimental track at its beginning, and transformed to some guitar and vocal harmonies. Although I found this track surprising, I thought it would have benefitted from fading out in the last thirty seconds instead of playing to the end.
Kid Mud certainly have a unique sound. They fuse cutting-edge electronic music with indie soft rock to create a sound that is unmistakable theirs. There were a few aspects of the album I didn’t enjoy, but the core of their music was solid. I give the album 7.5/10.