Kids Return is first and foremost a great story of friendship between Adrien Rozé and Clément Savoye. It was in Paris, at the age of 13, that the two musicians met.
Like the Japanese director Takeshi Kitano’s film from which it takes its name, the French duo’s project speaks to us of the depth contained in the false naivety of childhood, and the evocative power of nostalgia when it blurs the line between joy and sadness.
The sound of Kids Return is somewhere between the Californian pop of the Mamas and the Papas, the orchestrations of Vladimir Cosma and the modesty of Joe Hisaishi’s soundtracks. It draws on the energy of Blur and the vocal harmonies of MGMT, while revisiting these Anglo-Saxon influences with the precision and delicacy of the arrangements of a band like Air. The result is a romantic and melancholic melody, a laboratory of emotions that can be thought of in images.
Kids Return is also, at a time when music is essentially produced on computer, the choice of an organic, ample and living sound. With their analogical machines, which they like to see as children’s toys, in the manner of François de Roubaix, Clément (on Moog, Mellotron, cr8000 drum machine) and Adrien (on acoustic guitar, piano and vocals) compose, produce and write together.
It is between their small Parisian studio and a house suspended between the mountains of the Pyrenees that their pieces are born, then orchestrated by a string quartet in the countryside. From this journey is born a dreamlike and sensory music, a cry for a dream. A music that takes root out of time.
“Recording at Red House was a wonderful experience! The sound is sublime, the reception and the work of the sound engineers was perfect. The house is beautiful and comfortable. We are very honored to have been among the winners of the Summer Chance. Thank you so much! “Kids Return
What is “Summer Chance”?
On July 1st, 2020 we launch a call for projects dedicated to musical creation to support the emerging scene: “SUMMER CHANCE” is born :).
We wish then, taking into account the sanitary constraints related to the epidemic of Covid-19, to allow bands deprived of concerts, to finalize during this period a project of EP in professional and convivial conditions. Our partner, the Red House Studio, has all the qualities to welcome the winners: a magnificent house of 450 m2 in a peaceful and green setting, an ultra-professional human accompaniment with a dedicated sound engineer and state-of-the-art equipment.
Among the numerous applications received during the summer, our selection committee has chosen four winners: Kids Return, LUNAR, Zoe’s Shanghai and Black Rooster.
The residencies will take place over twenty studio days between December 2020 and March 2021: intense sessions of energy, concentration and emotion!
The talents of Vincent Fourdin and his team are also at work to allow the winners to have an EPK or a live to broadcast to launch their EP, which we can’t wait for you to discover.
Video coming soon!
“Melody” is the first track of the French duo Kids Return. By mixing a verse with a vocoder that draws from the influence of the French Touch (Air, Daft Punk) and a chorus whose melody is somewhere between the Mamas and the Papas and MGMT, Adrien Rozé and Clément Savoye expose here the first gesture of a romantic and melancholic project. Through a piece that can be thought of as a film score, Kids Return asserts the depth that the false naivety of childhood contains, and the evocative power of nostalgia when it blurs the border between joy and sadness.