60 Watt Kid, 60 Watt Kid

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

San Francisco's 60 Watt Kid have no need for structure. Over the course of their hour-long debut, songs rise, fall, enter, fade, expand and contract, each of them eschewing hard corners for haze. It's all slow fade in: synths hum and glow, guitars sparkle but never ignite, and voices crackle and fade like static. It's wintertime music to be sure: acoustic guitars flutter down like snowflakes, slow and delicate, in "Going Home," "Time of Mad Scientists" hums and buzzes and pools out endlessly. This is the dreamtime: the perfect soundtrack to early nightfall and long slumbers.