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THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2018.
PICCADILLY RECORDS EXCLUSIVE:
For a limited period only, buy either the vinyl or CD of 'Childqueen' and get a free 3 track 'Outtakes' CD bonus disc.
Kadhja Bonet’s second album, Childqueen is something of a Hero’s Quest. In the opening Procession, above a muted drummer’s march, an unseen oracle announces to you, the listener: “every morning is a chance to renew, a chance to renew.” This is your first clue, setting you upon a path not to treasure, nor a grail, nor even a long lost love, but highest of all, what Kadhja has christened the “childqueen,” that innermost self that you were truthfully and instinctively before the press of the world came crushing in.
As with her 2016 debut The Visitor, the songs on Childqueen are never casual, never ditties. Instead they invite us into a world not wholly our own, a half-mythical atmosphere where past and future meet in a parallel, yet faraway, present. The lyrics and melodic lines nudge us along a path of self-discovery— or act as breadcrumbs along her own path. Everything that you hear on Childqueen was written, played, produced, and even mixed by Kadhja, who has always produced all her own music, insisting on a total vision that is nearly as difficult to co-create as a dream. The result is a soundscape the listener sinks into, a sound that combines softer enchantments with an ever-listenable experimentalism, unplaceable in genre and decade from beginning to end.
Millie says: This precious album ‘Childqueen’ is entirely created by Kadhja Bonet from start to finish. Her beautiful vocals are submersed in a lovely swoony softness. It’s unlike anything I’ve heard, her style is truly unique and a joy to listen to.
Patrick says: In an era of mass-information, instant gratification and branded identity, Kadhja Bonet is a glorious enigma. An artist who’d rather let the music do the talking, the LA-based multi-instrumentalist lives outside the spotlight, at her happiest when her hands are busy and her mind is active, striving to create something honest and beautiful. Harking back to the psychedelic soul of Minnie Ripperton and Terry Callier’s Woodstock jazz, Kadhja crafts deep and dreamy vignettes, evocative episodes which perfectly fuse the pastoral and the personal. Delicate chimes, swooning strings and airy flute drift atop woozy grooves, joining Bonet’s multi-tracked vocals to form a hazy sonic web. Warm timbres and analogue textures lend the LP a vintage feel, echoed in the faded rainbow of the sleeve.
Recommended if you like:
Minnie Ripperton, Solange, Laura Misch.
3. Another Time Lover
5. Thoughts Around Tea
8. Mother Maybe
9. Second Wind
10. Nostalgia (hidden Track)
Piccadilly Records Exclusive CD Bonus Disc:
3. The Watch