Blondfire: Young Heart
The brother and sister duo, Blondfire, released their sophomore album, Young Heart on February 11th. Bruce and Erica Driscoll are quite the pair, having broken into the Billboard charts last year with their EP, Where the Kids Are.
The siblings have been very busy in the last year, touring with AWOL Nation, Foals, and Surfer Blood plus playing at Lollapalooza, Firefly, and Summerfest. They have developed quite a following, which should drive the success of their current album.
Young Heart includes all the tracks from Where the Kids Are, with some additional goodies. The pair continues their theme of dreamy electronic-pop music with catchy melodies and ethereal vocals from Erica.
The best tracks come during the first half of the album. Opening with the title track, a youthful song that sounds organic rather than contrived. This sets the tone for the rest of the album, which I must say, after a few listens starts to blend together, but that’s expected. “Waves” and “Walking with Giants” are some of the LP’s high points. In close running is “Dear in Your Headlights,” titled appropriately as the whole album sounds doe-eyed and innocent.
The second half of the album adds more guitar infusion introducing a heavier sound, although Erica’s delicate vocals keep it light. “Kites” has the making of the next teen existential crisis theme song. This continues until the closing track, “The Only Ones,” which concludes with the same wistful sound as the opening song.
Young Heart is a worthy effort by Blondfire. If you don’t already own Where the Kids Are and you like indie pop, than it’s a must-purchase. But if you already own the EP, just buy a few singles and save your money for their next live show.