There’s a prevailing sense of innocence that runs through Wane, the 2016 EP from Kinda Alright. It’s reflected in the cover art (a drawing of a determined-looking child walking on water, backed by the moon); it’s reflected in the lyrics (metaphors aside, the record reads like a kid’s love letter to the literal moon and stars); it’s reflected in the band’s twinkle-guitar athletics.
If one were inclined to be dismissive, they might read the record’s innocence as childish. Nothing young about the release’s hooks. Kinda Alright finds tunefulness at every turn, coming from any available resource: be it “Avant Garde”‘s wordless guitar-and-bass chorus or “Meteor Jordan”‘s interplay between drums and vocals. By the time things collapse on the EP’s title track, headbanging-induced neck soreness is a serious risk. Wane is a tightly packaged reminder to not lose your wonder.