We are always told that good things come to those who wait, well that certainly has rung true with ‘A Vision In The Dark’, the new album by Kidsmoke, a band who first lit up the world of AMP back in 2013. We have been following this band’s every step for the last seven years and dreaming of the day when an album would arrive. I can happily say all those dreams have now come true. A Vision In The Dark is out on Libertino records and is an absolute delight from beginning to end.
A Vision In The Dark has the power to instantly lift the mood of the entire world. We have recently written about how more and more people are turning back to albums, using music as a source of inspiration and a way to forget the troubles in the world. A Vision In The Dark does all of that and more. I promise each and every one of you that your life will be enriched more than you could possibly imagine during the time that you spend with this album.
‘Passenger’ opens the album with a ridiculous amount of hope and joy; the melodies, harmonies, drums all combining to empower you to open your eyes to endless possibilities. There will be nothing you can do to stop yourself from racing towards the end of that rainbow with a gigantic spring in your step. ‘Layla’s Love’; well, this is just my dream song, honestly, if I could write a song I wish it could be half as good as this majestic pop song. Pop music is far from dead, ‘Layla’s Love’ is the embodiment of what a pop song should be. ‘Colourfield’ injects you with a chorus that will remain with you for a very very long time. ‘Higher’ is the song that made me fall in love with Kidsmoke all those years ago, the lyrics and anthemic guitars show the world how amazing this band are. Add a piece of genius lyric writing and you know this is a band to cherish forever: “Will I ever get old, or tell you whats it like to feel the cold wind blow”.
Every song on this album really does stand out. I must offer my humble apologies to those that I fail to mention in this review, that honestly does not mean I love you any less. ‘She Takes You Under’ is full of dreamy melodies and harmonies, while the lyrics seem to hint at a songwriter trying to overcome difficulties “I’m falling apart, I’m falling apart”. ‘Take Me To The River’ is a perfectly crafted song with a gentle, moody start before the pounding drums enter the mix to lead us neatly into a wonderful anthemic chorus. The song writing again comes from the heart. The subject of this song appears to be a desire to hold on to love “To breathe in, breathe in. If I leave you, I’ll miss you, I’ll never make you mine.” ‘Little Easy’ is as beautiful as it gets. The gentle guitar playing, soft delicate percussion, and soothing vocals will be sure to leave you deeply in love with this song. ‘Bluest You’ ends the album with those unmistakable chiming guitars, vocals, harmonies and lyrics that appear to be dealing with that other person inside of you “The bluest you, I can hear you coming through the floor, lets keep it low, down low, down low, I see your shadow move behind the door”.
We are half way through 2020, is it too early to be talking about album of the year? Perhaps it is, and let’s remember that this is a year where we have had so many great albums, especially from Welsh artists. However, I don’t think there is anyone who can argue that ‘A Vision In The Dark’ will not be a contender for album of the year. The only thing I have left to say is a big thank you to Kidsmoke for taking their time, crafting their art, writing songs full of uplifting melodies combined with lyrics full of emotion and meaning. We will forever be in your debt.