It’s been a minute since Kid Froopy released an album but now, we’ve been blessed with Silver Silver, a brand new 11-track album to salivate in. Written, performed and produced by Froopy himself, the album is a glimpse into his mind and the trials that have inspired his music, however painful it may be to perform. Every song has a story to tell and although they feel light and dreamy, they’re also incredibly relatable.
Kid Froopy’s vocals are incredible, let’s just get that out of the way. The opening bars of ‘New In Town’ introduce you to his beautiful falsetto and a beautifully sweet melody of soft synths. Then, when you least expect it, an explosion of samples wakes you up and thrusts you into a whole different world. Just when you thought you were in for an airy track, things get rough and it’s a welcome wake-up call. ‘New In Town’ is a real powerhouse of a track!
‘Skeleton Key’ is incredibly vibrant and the delicate percussion gives it a very raw vibe. It’s uplifting and makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside like you’re standing in the middle of a park on a sunny day and nothing – absolutely nothing – could ever go wrong. The optimism on ‘Skeleton Key’ is infectious and this will be the song you’ll see everyone singing when they’re in the best mood. Now we take things somewhere else on ‘Some Nights I Feel Like Crying’. The lyrics of the track tell the story of someone having a lot of fun, but not really living life on their own terms. We’ve all been there, trying so hard to please someone else and trying to cover up the tracks of a reckless friend, only to go home feeling exhausted from trying to keep things running smoothly. Despite the infectious beat, killer chorus and pop-influenced atmosphere, this is a song about reaching your breaking point and once you realise that, you realise you’re in for a real rollercoaster of emotion.
‘Meet Me In The Garden’ is a stand out track on ‘Silver Silver’. The melody is full of trickling synths and dappled samples that you cannot help but love. This song feels like an acid trip full of love, hope and relief. The harmonies are perfection and everything flows so well – ‘Meet Me In The Garden’ is so free and loose making it perfect for a late-night dance.
After ‘Meet Me In The Garden’, we tread a little further into Kid Froopy’s mind on ‘Hairy’. The song takes us on a journey with Froopy as he sings about heavy drinking, not feeling right and feeling anxious about what he’s feeling. It’s raw, emotional and painful to listen to, but in the best way. This is an artist fully pouring his heart into a song that may feel gut-wrenching but still resonates with most of us on some level. After an instrumental reprieve, ‘RNR’ brings a bit of a groovy vibe onto the album. The song paints a picture of someone trying to figure out how they got to where they are and how they can get out of the “mess” around them. From here, things get explosive again on ‘LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs’, a song full of bubbly samples, poppy vocals and computerised glitches that make the whole thing feel like a crazy party going on inside a computer. The melody may be fun, but the sharp samples make it feel like something menacing is going on underneath it all – you may not pick up on it the first time you hear ‘LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs’, but the second time around, it’s definitely more prominent.
After a bit of ‘Easy Love’ and a midnight drive through ‘The Santa Ana Public Parking Structure Closes At 12AM’, we end ‘Silver Silver’ with ‘Greenbelt’. This song sees Kid Froopy sing about the fear and issues he has with his family on top of deep bass droplets and humming synths. The honesty and hurt on ‘Greenbelt’ is so poignant, you want to reach out and comfort Froopy, especially when the song fades to just his voice, singing about is parents with nothing accompanying him except an eerie silence.
Kid Froopy has created an album that is filled with wonderful highs and deep lows, but it also tells the story of someone lost in a crazy world trying to find their feet. There’s something for everyone on ‘Silver Silver’ because it discusses emotions that we’ve all come across at one point or another and reminds us that we can grow from pain. There are so many lessons to be learnt on ‘Silver Silver’ and Kid Froopy is a damn good teacher.