Kids Return, this is first and foremost a great friendship between Adrien Rozé and Clément Savoye. The two musicians met in Paris, at the age of 13. The duo took its name from Takeshi Kitano's eponymous film ; and like Kitano they speak about the depth contained in the false naivety of childhood, and about the evocative power of nostalgia when it blurs the line between joy and sadness.
Kids Return's sound sits somewhere between The Mamas and the Papas' Californian pop, Vladimir Cosma's orchestrations and the modesty of Joe Hisaishi's soundtracks. The French duo draws on Blur's energy and MGMT's vocal harmonies, while revisiting these Anglo-Saxon influences with the precision and delicacy of bands like Air. They compose, produce and write together in their Parisian studio or at a house in the Pyrenees using analogue gear like Moogs, Mellotron and acoustic guitar. The results are then orchestrated by a string quartet in the countryside.