REVIEW: ‘Welcome To The Human Race’ – Kaypo

Kaypo – “Welcome To The Human Race”

by Christopher Smith

20 year old Brisbane, Australia singer and songwriter Kaypo (Liam Higgins) has released his debut album “Welcome To The Human Race”. We introduced you to Kaypo back in February when he released the title track from the album and awaited with much anticipation his debut long player. Liam had already released “Blonde Jesus” and “Jacaranda” to wet our appetites and to establish both his style and his own personal brand of indie-pop, just how he wants it to be.

“Welcome To The Human Race” kicks off with the haunting and atmospheric “How This Feels”, with the bare minimum of guitar chords and Kaypo’s sweet, innocent vocals. “Train” continues the theme and if you close your eyes, you really are sitting at that station, somewhere, wherever, sometime. The track picks up two minutes in with an infectious drum beat groove. “Blonde Jesus” is already out there and known. The pace picks up somewhat with this beautiful yet simplistic number and once again highlights Kaypo’s honest and addictive voice.

“Broken Picture Frame” is another great track that will have you tapping your foot in no time as Kaypo dreams and hopes for a bright future for himself: “maybe this will be his rise to fame?” he wonders…(!) “Coming Home” is nothing more and nothing less than a showcase for Kaypo’s skilful and polished guitar playing, while “Jacaranda” (a sub tropical flower) and another previously released track, Kaypo becomes melancholic and laments: “this Jacaranda somehow reminds me of someone I used to know”.

The album closes with a live and acoustic version of “Blonde Jesus” and the title track with its catchy rhythm and just a splash of country-pop, together with Kaypo’s heartfelt, tender vocals. If you’re a fan of well crafted and beautifully performed acoustic songs and crave something a little bit different to the norm, then “Welcome To The Human Race” is perfect escapist fare. Kaypo has created another place to go and offers us all the opportunity to see things in a different light and perhaps the correct way to enter the human race, just as it should be.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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