Kite Party’s “Halflife” is a warm introduction to the Philly band’s dreamy, wondrous music, but it’s also tinged with melodies and vocal inflections that cut with an intense melancholy. On the first listen, the spacey guitar work takes your focus, but pay attention to just how hurt lead singer Russell Edling sounds. The band’s website has more information on fast acting anti-anxiety medications than details about the group, and that sticks with you through the song. It’s sparklingly pretty music, acting like an inhibitor to the wounded sentiments just below the surface.
Come On Wondering is out 5/6 via Animal Style Records.