The sound of Kids Return lies somewhere between the Californian pop of the Mamas and the Papas, the orchestrations of Vladimir Cosma, the modesty of Joe Hisaishi's soundtracks and the film music of François de Roubaix. It draws on the energy of Blur and the vocal harmonies of MGMT, while embracing these Anglo-Saxon influences with the precision and sensibility of bands like Air.
The duo formed in Paris in 2020 and consists of Adrien Rozé and Clément Savoye. Named after the film by Japanese director Takeshi Kitano, the two have fixed their theme musically and in terms of content: Their just released debut album Forever Melodies consists of ten songs characterised by nostalgia and honesty, stories about friendships, love, physical fears, growing up as well as a boundless love for the creation of melodies. Great pop songs, as if written for a film.
Kids Return compose and produce their music with analogue equipment, creating an organic and lively sound. The simultaneously restrained and opulent compositions were created between their Parisian studios and a house in the Pyrenees and then orchestrated by a string quartet.
The result is romantic and melancholy melodies that can be thought of in images.