In many ways, Kid Canaveral’s latest postcard single from 2016’s Faulty Inner Dialogue is an understated jewel in the crown of an album whose success derives as much from its pop credentials as its more experimental electronic and sometimes minimalist spin on indie.
Written and sung by the band’s guitarist Kate Lazda, ‘Callous Parting Gift’ recalls the alt-indie sweetness of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, combining sugary female vocals with consistent rhythms and a veil of shoe-gaze guitar over inconspicuous electronic bleeps.
Like many of the tracks on Faulty Inner Dialogue, ‘Callous Parting Gift’ disguises its angst and social frustration with lively guitars and breezy vocals, and the result is a straight-up piece of indie pop, complete with playful trills and vocalised backing harmonies lilting around the introductory chords.
It’s tight as a Futureheads number dashed with colourful hints of twee and a Los Campensinos! knack for melody.
When the drums kick start a bright, catchy chorus, you’d be forgiven for doubting that this was a song about a “waking nightmare” that the singer struggles “to shift”; however the contrast between lyrical frustration and musical exuberance works well to create a sense of release.
By the time we reach the octave shift, this release feels earned; ‘Callous Parting Gift’ lacks the glitchier experimentation of the album as a whole, but otherwise provides the relief of an uplifting, straightforward pop tune, drenched in the band’s distinctive, light-touch charm.
Words: Maria Sledmere