KID APOLLO CONCLUDE THEIR STANDOUT YEAR WITH DOUBLE SINGLE "THESE THINGS" & "SYLVIE"
The Brixton Trio Reflect on their Growth and Musical Duality in their Final Release of 2023
Brixton-based trio kid apollo, comprised of twin brothers Felix and Theo Ratigan and singer/producer Jimmy HM, deliver a compelling conclusion to 2023 with the release of a double single, "these things" / "sylvie," made in collaboration with Ray Laurél, showcasing the trio's growth and musical duality.
"these things" merges elements of bedroom/guitar-pop with hip-hop-leaning percussion, featuring moving piano motifs. Lyrically, the track addresses the sensation of life passing by and losing track of what's important.
On the other hand, "sylvie" is a more stripped-back composition, led by a captivating pitch-shifted vocal line. The track builds steadily with delicate keys, muted guitar passages, and subtle violins, conveying a tapestry of emotions. Jimmy HM provides insights into the lyrical meaning of both tracks.
"'sylvie' kinda felt like an outpour of a whole bunch of different feelings and thoughts towards someone. Talking about a load of more specific small things is sometimes a better way of explaining yourself than trying to tackle the bigger picture as a whole. That’s what I think this song is doing. Instrumentally, we wanted to make it very dynamic and feel like a train of thought rather than it be so structured.. to sort of mirror what the song’s about."
Staunchly independent with a DIY approach, kid apollo's self-directed visuals accompany their music, providing a romanticised portrayal of their south London home as their captivating visuals add depth to their music, capturing the essence of teenage heartbreak and uncertainty.
As the trio conclude a year marked by accomplishments, the release solidifies their position as a captivating force in the contemporary music landscape making them one to watch next year.