"Kids in the Summer" & "Rain, Rain" // Kid Quill
I’m really going back to my roots with this review. Last year, when I first made Concerts With Camie, one of my first music reviews was on 94.3 The Reel by Kid Quill. In my last personal blog post about why I love music, I spent a long time talking about that album. Last night, Kid Quill released two new singles, “Kids in the Summer” and “Rain, Rain,” and I want to take some time to talk about them. But first, a little disclaimer:
On October 13th, 2017, I wrote that review, and in the first paragraph I wrote, “I might be slightly biased due to the fact that I have a small (big) crush on Kid Quill, but I’m always going to try to make music reviews based on just that – the music itself, despite who the artist is.” …. Oof. I really don’t want to talk about that first part, and the bias has drastically changed since then, but the second part holds true. It’s always going to be about the music itself, and that’s why I’m still around, still Kid Quill’s biggest fan - because of his music. Otherwise I wouldn’t be doing this, trust me.
With that being said, I’m trying to write this in the most unbiased way possible. I don’t know how I would’ve reacted to these songs if I didn’t know him in a more personal way. But I really tried to go into it pretending I had no idea who he was.
I think it’s safe to say I love these songs. He’s coming into his own as an artist. Of course, 94.3 The Reel is always going to have the most special place in my heart, but these two songs show just how much he has grown and improved. At the same time, they’re so him. From having kids sing on the songs, the samples, the beats, the lyrics, everything is him. Through and through. Maybe that’s my bias coming to light, but I think if you just listen to his music you can agree with me.
I really think that anyone can get with these songs. No matter the genre you listen to most, these singles have a way of making you nostalgic for the times we all had. They’re just songs you can appreciate.
I’ve listened to both so many times, and I genuinely can’t decide which one is my favorite. “Kids in the Summer” is full of so much nostalgia and overall, the production is solid. All the elements fit together so well. But “Rain, Rain” has the lyric “if you’re talking ‘bout me start with the good parts.” And maybe it’s just personal, but wow, relatable. It’s also just different, which I can appreciate.
Listen to these songs. I’m not writing this for Kid Quill, I’m not writing it for myself, I’m writing it to share some good music with you. Give it a chance. He’s going to blow up soon, I really, really believe that. So get on board.
(Mitch if you’re reading this… still wanna sell your merch… pls…)