How many band names can you think of that could double as an ice cream flavor? I’ve done some research and right now, Rainbow Kitten Surprise takes the proverbial cake, but let us know if you can find one better. How To: Friend, Love, Freefall is the third album from the uniquely name indie-rock quintet, and is chock full of swanky melodies RKS fans have come to know and love. They continue to explore somber topics in a way that certainly makes you reflect but also feels approachable. Take one of their more popular tunes, Hide, in which the group highlights common struggles LGBTQ individuals face while coming out to their families. The song builds to a peak when lead singer Sam Melo finally reveals a familiar emotion and belts out “I hate you more than I miss you. That's not true, I'd hate to miss you.” My personal favorite aspect of RKS’s sound is their approach to instrumentation. It’s never overwhelming, but almost feels elemental, like they are showing off the brilliance of each instrument through relatively simple melodies and an empty room sound. This is on full display in How To: Friend, Love, Freefall, making it a truly masterful work.
Bonus Content: Check out this awesome review from The Red and Black that breaks down each song and also provides links to each music video on the album. Don’t miss the video for Hide and when you do, make sure to bring along the tissues.
Release date: April 6, 2018
Similar artist(s): Caamp, Hippo Campus, Mt. Joy
Top tracks: It's Called Freefall, Hide, Painkillers