Kid Moxie's last album, 1888, introduced the multi-talented Elena Charbila to the world, as she mixed in various genres around a shadowy synth-pop core. Each of the album's experiments was fruitful, from the creeping, ambient numbers with The Gaslamp Killer, to the reinvention of Blue Velvet's "Mysteries of Love" with Angelo Badalamenti. An aspiring actress and lifelong film buff, Kid Moxie's sound embraces the dangerous romanticism of the film-noir aesthetic. Still, the one thing 1888 lacked was fluidity. Each track worked on its own, but as a whole they didn't quite create a work that felt totally united. Charbila streamlines this on new EP Perfect Shadow, focusing more on her greatest strength, her propulsive synth tracks, while still incorporating the variety and unpredictability that made her so appealing last time around.
The latest single from Perfect Shadow is "Still High," and it captures the ethereal, ecstatic weightlessness that its name implies. Charbila explains:
"I usually tend to "hide" behind symbolism in my lyrics but I wanted to challenge myself to stay as simple and as 'in reality' as possible while writing this one. "Still High" is an honest love song about the melancholy and longing that goes with long-distance relationships."
Perfect Shadow is out July 8 via West One Music, and features more contributions from The Gaslamp Killer as well as Astronautica, Tareq, and more. As always, Darren Burgos and Dylan Willoughby of Lost in Stars helped with production and accompaniment throughout. Pre-order the EP HERE.