If you have any interest in live music you will have heard the name Clean Cut Kid in the past year. Having played practically every festival, headlined several tours and supporting The Courteeners on their winter tour last year; it is finally time for the Liverpool band to release their debut LP, which holds both familiar and unheard tracks.
Opening with arguably their biggest hit, Vitamin C, it is a crisp rework of one of the earliest tracks to roll off the tongues of Mike and Evelyn Halls. Vitamin C instantly thrusts feel-good, summer vibes into a record that is certain to blast out of festival speaker towers and car stereos all summer long.
Felt has included the more heartfelt and morose tracks such as Time To Let You Go. Soaked in bulging synths come the lyrics of “Hope your moon is glowing, hope that every star is twinkling away” and “When a life without you used to seem so daunting,” giving the impression that it is a track of realisation and maturing.
Clean Cut Kid have teased Felt constantly – six pre-album singles have ended up on the final tracklist, which leaves only five ‘unheard’ tracks. Although these were dabbled with at live shows, they are a welcome addition to the band’s massively impressive studio recorded discography.
The likes of Pick Me Up and Make Believe dabble in the fuzz-pop sound that Clean Cut Kid will inevitably make their own over time, as does the whole album to be fair. However, it is the upbeat and appraising Evelyn that will go down as THE stand out, anthemic fan favourite from Felt – both live and when the record is played through.
All in all, Clean Cut Kid have released a debut full length that was gradually drip fed. There are no surprises or off-piste ventures, but who is to say this is a bad thing? Their strengths have been focused on and it is a platform for charming fuzz pop to be made into their genre.