Anthemic, soaring praise-and-worship songs are left behind by the members of Troubadour Parade, an electronic-fused indie rock sound. Their first release, Where All the Kids Belong, is a six-track deep EP that flirts with indie rock, synth-pop and other various genres. Boops and beeps replace passionate guitars and CCM crescendos. It’s a distinctly different sound, but you’ll catch familiar lyrical content.
The digital transformation bursts right out of the eponymous first track. It’s a catchy, MGMT-esque tune that seems fit to be playing at your local Express, and it’s definitely the standout track on the EP. Other highlights include “Salvation Sing to Me,” which is a passionate, synthy piece, and “Fragile Wooden Ships,” which is a dreamy, slow-paced track that has some contemporary vibes but sounds like nothing you’d find on traditional Christian radio. “Reckless” is the softest track, but shines with it’s light electronic base that contrasts with hints of a choir in the chorus.
Between the generous use of reverb in the vocals and the trippy, electronic foundation, Where All the Kids Belong is a one of the more hip Christian releases for 2015. Indie rock (and all the various sub genres that come with it) can become saturated and repetitive, entire albums get lost in the mix; this album won’t be one of those. It’s full of clever, catchy melodies with superb instrumentation and a solid lyrical base to go with it.