Unless you’re Lady Gaga, it’s damn near impossible to harken back to early Madonna and 80s glam rock in a totally modern way. Enter Kitten, the youthful, L.A.-based electronic group fronted by 18-year-old Chloe Chaidez. Having already toured with the likes of Paramore and The Joy Formidable, it’s no surprise that Kitten’s new EP, Like A Stranger, is as mature as it is totally addicting to dance to.
The EP’s title track, with an unabashedly Madonna-esque title and “Vogue” kind of vocal interlude, is also reminiscent of modern acts like the Eurythmics and Metric. Booming over old-school electronic beats, Chaidez’s voice shakes you to the core with its indescribable mixture of power and warble. “Yesterday” works in a similar way, but there’s an undeniable hip-hop flair to the glam instrumentals of the track. Clashing with the chorus’s moody, 80s goth air, Kitten successfully incorporates two distinct genres to create one of their very own.
The album slows down a little with “I’ll Be Your Girl”, in which Chaidez exhibits her voice’s adaptability. Truth be told, the instrumentals of the track would be a little cheesy without Chaidez’s bellows and whimpers, something the group is undoubtedly tuned in to – again, this fivesome has mastered the art of toeing genre lines. Next up, “Doubt” has a totally primal, animalistic feel. For the first time on the album, one of the male members of the group takes the mic alongside Chaidez, a fact that doesn’t go unnoticed; right as we were beginning to think the songs on the album were all a bit too similar, that extra voice kicked the EP into a third dimension.
“Graffiti Soul” is one of our favorites, perhaps because it seems like something Marina & The Diamonds would write. It’s catchy and entertaining, and the perfect song to lead into the EP’s more serious, ballad-like final track, “King of Kings”. Kitten cap off the album with each member showing off each of their respective instruments – the track is awash with guitar solos, drum interludes, and Chaidez belting at the top of her lungs. Is it too much? Of course. But does Kitten pull it off? Absolutely.
Kate Foster is a hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated titles: writer. Blogger. Beauty and fashion junkie. Cat devotee. Art history buff. Harry Potter nerd. Cheesy 90's television fan. Sometimes-gamer. Seasonal sculptor. Mostly she’s a music enthusiast. While her heart and soul belong to 50's and 60's crooners like Etta James, Sam Cooke and Elvis Presley, one shouldn’t be surprised to find her listening to Lady Gaga or Jay-Z. Most days, though, she’s in an indie-punk mood somewhere in between - she counts the Pixies, the White Stripes, M83, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs as a few of her favorites. And while you’ll typically see her bobbing her head calmly at concerts, occasionally she pulls out all the stops for bands like the Black Lips. She treasures her bruises like a child. After graduating from the University of Georgia with degrees in Journalism and Art History, Kate aspires to move to New York City. There, she hopes to continue to write. She also plans on pretending to understand the art at MoMA and stuffing her face with cronuts and one dollar pizza. Kate’s heroes range from Oscar de la Renta and Mindy Kaling to Ernest Hemingway and Rupert Giles. She practically inhales iced coffee on a daily basis. Her favorite color is yellow, and like Buddy the Elf, she considers candy a major food group. She has dreams almost every night involving the coolest architecture and interior design, and has no idea what it means. Seriously, what does that mean?!