If there were any a band that you would want to look to for happy-go-lucky, uplifting tracks, look no further than The Mowgli’s! From the moment their infectious hit “San Francisco” reached the top 20 on the Billboard alternative chart a few years ago, the Southern California indie pop band made it their life mission to produce music that will bring positive vibes to their listeners. Their newest album, Kids In Love, perfectly embodies that mission with clean, upbeat tunes and fantastic male-female harmonizing.
From beginning to end, Kids In Love is filled with the energetic indie pop that you can’t help but bob your head, sway your hips and clap your hands to. Starting track “You’re Not Alone” opens up the door to the important idea of not living your life trying to please everyone else but yourself while singles “I’m Good” and “Through The Dark” inspire you to not lose sight of who you are and who you strive to be. The Mowgli’s not only portray similar harmonizing qualities to Grouplove, Youngblood Hawke and The Colourist (“Bad Dream,” “Kids In Love”) but they also prove that they have quirky and fun pop rock qualities like The Summer Set (“Love Me Anyway”). The band even channels Panic! At The Disco‘s Pretty. Odd era in singsongy folk influenced tracks like “What’s Going On” and “Whatever Forever.”
Throw in the reminiscent love song that subtly screams I-screw-up-sometimes-but-please-give-me-one-more-chance “Make It Right,” the ballad-y let’s-open-up-to-each-other “Shake Me Up” and the campy, piano infused “Home To You” and you’ve got yourself some cutesy little love songs perfect for any hipster trying to lure in their mate with a flannel shirt and a snazzy mustache. Kids In Love uses ending track “Sunlight” to come full circle with their overall theme of personal empowerment.
The Mowgli’s definitely kept to their self-proclaimed mission of wanting to spread love and kindness through their music in Kids In Love. About half of the tracks did consist of that reoccurring theme of love-yourself-for-you-are-and-don’t-let-anyone-tell-you-otherwise while the other half is rounded out by cutesy (but not too overly cutesy) love songs, hence the title of the album. If you’re looking for a little pick me up after a hard week of classes or work this album is certainly the remedy that you need.