Sleigh Bells - Kid Kruschev (Torn Clean) 2017
Following the band’s brilliant latest effort, Jessica Rabbit, Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss unexpectedly return with a release of a mini-album entitled Kid Kruschev. Sleigh Bells sound insistently defies the easy categorization, and over the years we’ve been watching closely their challenging and triumphant progression, constantly changing directions and drag you along with it. Kid Kruschev somehow sounds like a continuation of Jessica Rabbit, it’s still very personal but at the same time swerves in a whole new lyric direction and “the world-scale anxiety of the moment” might have influenced that.
Filled with haunting hooks, Kid Kruschev is a bit more moody, darker and less adventurous than Jessica Rabbit was, but it’s still full of contrasts and rich with ghosting melodies. Overall, it’s fair to say that Sleigh Bells’ noise-pop is still a challenging and pleasing affair.