Blue Kid
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Blue Kid

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States
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"Upright, Love by Blue Kid"

Think the cabaret stylings of Scissor Sisters without any of their camp, Upright, Love is a smoky, theatrical album that ought to appeal to Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor fans everywhere. - UPROXX


"Album Review: Blue Kid – Upright, Love"

After a smattering of EP and single releases over the past three years, Upright, Love signals the full-length debut of New York-based five-piece, Blue Kid. Lead singer Lydia Benecke has almost tattooed her heart on her sleeve on this album, and her theater background and opera blood (her parents are noted opera singers) lend to her expressive sound. Benecke’s fusion of piano-based rock, pop, jazz, and cabaret yields comparisons with the likes of Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple, though the cabaret leanings of April Smith may be an even better benchmark. It’s in your face, hard to ignore, and painfully honest, almost like Benecke has created a musical persona through whom she can act out her life and maybe through that distance the hurt.
The album opens with the piano and percussion-driven “Can You Keep Up” — and the straight answer is, “No.” Benecke spouts the lyrics like an uncapped gusher. Her eerie little girl voice (similar to a technique used by Kate Bush, or Spektor) barely takes a breath until two minutes into a three-minute song. The insistent tune quickly welds itself to your memory bank. In contrast, “Next To You” begins with a soft, jazzy opening, and offers an initially sweet melodic take on a fading relationship that builds into a passionate put-down. If that wasn’t enough, the alarmingly–titled “The Dismemberment Song” takes things beyond the pale, showing off Benecke’s theatrically dark humour.

Benecke delivers a powerful soliloquy in “Black Sheep”, which combines a strong melody with combative lyrics (“Your drive will shrivel / Your mama’ll think I’m rude and brittle / and I’ll treat you like you’re second fiddle/ No it’s never gonna work”). The title song highlights a different musical side to Blue Kid, eschewing piano rock for jazz-funk. The main tenor of the album is found in the singer playing out her emotions, yet with a curtain to retreat back into afterwards. On the bluesy final track, “We Were Out Again Too Late”, Benecke is at her seductive best, exuding an intensity that makes the story all the more believable. Once again the actress in Lydia Benecke has the last word.

Essential Tracks: “Can You Keep Up”, “Black Sheep”, and “Have To” - Consequence of Sound


"a CMJ review"

"... a healthy dose of whimsy and twisted humor ..." - Guilt Free Pleasure


"Meet Blue Kid, the Winner of Our A Band Apart Competition"

" ...a four-piece act that combines pop, jazz, and folk to create whimsical compositions that fit nicely in the lighthearted side of the realm inhabited by fellow New Yorkers Jaymay and Regina Spektor." - FlavorPill


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Hailing from New York City, Blue Kid's music is a fusion of pop, rock and jazz, much in the veins of singer-songwriters such as Fiona Apple, Sarah Bareilles and Rufus Wainwright.

In 2011, Blue Kid was the national winner of Flavorpill's A Band Apart Competition, which garnered them a featured showcase at the CMJ Music Festival 2011 and a party hosted by Stoli Vodka at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York City.

In 2012, Blue Kid successfully completed an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to fund their very first full-length album, which was released November 20, 2012. They celebrated the album's release with a show at Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan and followed up with opening for Nellie McKay in New Jersey the following week.

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