The Booyah Kids! Dabble In Synth-Pop Greatness On New Album
Confession: I want to be a booyah! kid. I don’t really know what that means or what the responsibility bears, but if you’re part of NYC-based synth-pop band The Booyah! Kids, chances are you’re just jamming with your good friends and releasing deliciously sugary gems, so that’s all I need to know to want to be a part of it.
Right now (AKA before I weasel my way into their lineup), The Booyah! Kids are Julian Kaufman, Emma Lee, and Aidan Ludlam. Recorded and mixed together in dorm rooms and bedrooms over the course of nearly a year, their debut album bedroom headroom, released a few months ago, finds the band offering up a wild range of super fun tunes to vibe to. Each track is led by quirky synth-pop treatment but you’ll hear influences of dream-pop, surf-rock, and more, in which The Booyah! Kids run the gamut of style and tone.
bedroom headroom opens with “firefighter,” a song you’ll probably keep going back to or at least have sparkling in the back of your mind as you travel the length of the album. It’s an itty bitty synth-pop jewel, aided by bubblegum vocals and dreamy swells of buzzing electronica. Following the record’s candy-coated opener is “i can’t find it goes,” veering from The Booyah! Kids’ sweetness just a bit to experiment with a darker pulse of synth, slinking and shimmering but lost in the fog of lo-fi indie treatment. On “idwtbh,” a steady keyboard riff taps out a classical rhythm line beneath warring harmonies that resignedly sing a bitter mantra.
On “the circulation desk,” we’re not getting anything particularly groundbreaking… the kids are basically booyahing! a circulation desk to hell, but somehow the soundscape quivering behind their vocals is full of light and life so it’s a sweet, albeit simple (although they do actually end up narrating a meet-cute in a library, so wow), little interlude of the record. “bby talk” comes next, sexy and neon in its warbling synth. Cutting churns of electronica and one of the album’s best vocal deliveries merge for a track that sparkles in all its synth-pop glory. Things get a little unexpected on “untitled2” as the band take a page out of CocoRosie’s book, adopting an eerie helium-induced lilt among a tender guitar line that devolves by the end, melting in distortion.
The last third of bedroom headroom kicks off with “idwtgtbt,” another flavorful romp glowing with the addition of dreamy vocal echos and the wooden clang of percussion pumping in the distance. “phace” finds the kids once again tossing their sugar out for spice as three separate vocal lines intersect above a rapid-fire electronic base. The album ends with “don’t play with magik, kids!,” a dynamic conclusion because it’s just so indicative of the band we’ve come to know across these last nine tracks. It’s not punchy or bubbling with fun, but it’s like The Booyah! Kids are taking their final bow as together they deliver a concluding anecdote over a plinking piano line.
On bedroom headroom, The Booyah! Kids offer a selection of synth-pop singalongs sweetened by the band’s good-natured genesis and spirit of a project begging to boast more releases.
Listen to bedroom headroom below and connect with The Booyah! Kids on Facebook and Instagram. You can grab a copy of the album on cassette tape released by Arizona-based label Black Tube Socks right here.
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Featured photo of The Booyah! Kids by Cameron Cuchulainn