We write a whole lot about different electronic music on DAD. We’re not one to discriminate based on genre tags, co-signs, labels and/or names, instead we only like to discriminate with quality. Coyote Kisses is the lovechild of two lifelong friends with a passion and zest for producing infectiously warm electronic ballads. Their first EP, Acid Wolfpack, topped out on the Beatport Top Releases Chart #5 spot, introducing the duo to new fans around the world. Since then, the duo won the remix contest for Clockwork’s “Titan,” and the popular vote for Seven Lions’ “Days To Come” remix contest. The duo also flexed their versatility when they released an official remix to the nauseatingly catchy Carly Rae Jepsen smash “Call Me Maybe,” doing it all along the way towards their college degree. Now as the duo comes to a close on their college careers, they are opening the next chapter of their professional music careers with their new EP, Thundercolor, via their SoMeta imprint.
Thundercolor brings together glistening melodies, rock & roll toughness, and pop arena sensibilities so well that even the crustiest of folks will crack a smile. Even with just four tracks, Coyote Kisses shows off their classical music training with an awe-inspiring jazzy creativity and personality. The special aspect of this EP is not the sound design (which is awesome) or anything else in particular except that there’s something incredibly unique about it. Big room house bombs will only get so far and the same goes for dubstep, but Coyote Kisses eschews those things altogether to do their own thing. It’s the sort of fun and innocent thing that could land them as heartthrobs and on the cover of a magazine like Teen Vogue.
Though each track is different from the last, Coyote Kisses pieces together a unique sonic tapestry in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Tracks like “Diving At Night” put you under the stars as they touch on future bass and downtempo electronica, creating a laid-back and thought-provoking as well as adventurously entertaining track. “This Is How You Know” puts you down on the range, providing a fun, twangy, almost country-inspired pop vibe with an inherently electronic sound. Tracks like “Changing Guard” take on an epic arena post-rock electronic identity, placing you under the Friday night lights of high school football. And like those Friday night lights, Coyote Kisses’ Thundercolor EP is a quintessential American electronic music release.
A throughly thought-out artistic vision, Thundercolor takes American past-times and sets them to music in an accessible yet next level way. Surely, DJs will be able to spin banger after banger like jukeboxes for years to come, but in due time and releases like Thundercolor, acts like Coyote Kisses will help develop the American palate for more diverse electronic music offerings. Coyote Kisses represents part of the next wave of dance music and they will eventually lead us out of the “banger age,” and help Americans reclaim the artistic integrity of mass electronic dance music, and perhaps pop music as well.