Laura Kidd has many names. From 2010 – 2019 she was She Makes War. In 2020 she became Penfriend and released singles “Everything Looks Normal in the Sunshine”, and “The Only Way Out Is Through.” Today she releases “Exotic Monsters” the first single off her upcoming album. Sparked by a throwaway phrase from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, “Exotic Monsters” is a laundry list of asynchronous human needs and desires; a reflection of our increasingly confused, disconnected and polarised lives.
“Exotic Monsters” also features several drum samples created by the European Space Agency, recorded at their European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands. “Using sounds from space on a song about feeling disconnected from life on earth just felt wildly appropriate,” Laura adds.
“Exotic Monsters” is a beautiful unique quarantine song. It has an airy hopeful resonance mixed with a throwback vibe.
Laura Kidd is known for her project She Makes War. Laura ended SMW with her album Brace For Impact in 2018. Now in an appropriate song about staying upbeat in lockdown, Kidd returns with “Everything Looks Normal In the Sunshine” which premiered on May 15.
Kidd says about the song “In the week before the UK lockdown was announced, Tim and I had already decided to stay inside and were adjusting to being around each other all day. I limped through the last few lines of my Morning Pages and picked up my guitar. I felt frustrated and a little bit sulky foot-stampy childish – why did I have to be quiet, anyway? I’m a musician FFS!
I had already picked out a sentence from my morning’s writing and scrawled it across my whiteboard in blood red pen. “Everything looks normal in the sunshine” felt like the germ of something important, and was indeed the portal to a song that assembled itself in a swift and orderly fashion on bashed acoustic guitar with time to spare for me to overhear yet more meeting afterwards. YAY.” For info visit https://penfriend.rocks/elnits/