Soulful punk rock-blues five-member faction Cold War Kids continue to blow away fans with their stellar new release. The Southern California, or SoCal alt-indie band’s adoration for the warm and sun-filled state and all it has to offer is apparent as in the newly titled asserts is, “LA Divine.”
“LA Divine” is a soulful musical gem consisting of foot-stomping, hard piano chord hammering, guitar thrumming, and percussion pounding music all conveyed through unforgiving word bending vocals that bellow the drama of love, fame, and the wonder of why we all just can’t get along.
CWK lead vocalist Nathan Willett quivers his exceptional and lurid lyrics, who also sounds like a cross between George Michael and Nick Cave, continues to amaze in his duet and the latest single dropped with indie chick Bishop Briggs in the song, “So Tied Up.”
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Willett’s master of bending words to inflict or illustrate the pain of being in love is evident when he proposes how hard relationships can be in, “Can We Hang On,” as he begs, “Think about the old days, what we didn’t do to survive, do we get better with time, tell me I’m wrong. I’m looking to your old ways, we follow the same dotted line, passing like ships in the night, can we hang on?”
“Restless,” a classic CWK slow-jam throwback is hard and mellow at the same time, key characteristics delivered CWK style. “You know it’s not that I don’t care. I don’t get jealous. I get free; everything good comes back to me. It seems like wherever you are is just a better place to be.”
“Invincible” plays right into the heart of the new release, as the middle section of the album. David Quon’s guitar mixed with Willett’s voice and Joe Plummer’s mesmerizing drumbeats backed by Matt Maust’s thumping base line and Mathew Schwartz hypnotizing keyboards chills as Willett wails and echoes “What if we attack like an army? The only weapon we use is love, and no I don’t feel invincible anymore.”
Cold War Kids “Wilshire Protest” is a short spoken-word stance about the state of politics and the people who came together in Nov of 2016 in Los Angeles to voice their disagreement with the Presidential election results.
Willett the visible front man of the Kids is well aware of the price for fame, and the struggle of vanity and real relationships as he verbalizes in the song, “Cameras Always On,” “I can’t live in my mind, I want to be famous in your eyes but the camera’s always on.”
The last two tracks of “LA Divine” are jewels to hold out for. “Part of The Night” and “Free To Breathe,” both offer satisfaction and sadness, as when relishing in the final cut the realization is there are no more new songs following. “What’s the difference if we disagree, is heaven above or hell underneath, doesn’t change the news on the streets, doesn’t bring us closer to peace. So why should I believe that everything will be alright, if only we were free to breathe?”
Cold War Kids new release “LA Divine” is a warm surprise in a sometimes cold and cloudy world.
“LA Divine” is out now, via Capital Records