Who're you callin' al dente?
DOWNLOAD: Kid:Nap:Kin, "Heroin Grillz" (mp3)
Like risotto, young rock bands require a lot of time and stirring before their many disparate elements meld into a satisfying and delicious glop. Unlike risotto. . . . well, there are lots of ways that young rock bands aren't like risotto. The point being that Boston's KID:NAP:KIN may need a few more minutes on the heat before their particular mix of post-punk, jazz, and experimental tendencies resolves into a gourmet treat. (Ditto for their website -- Ed.) But "Heroin Grillz," from their debut full-length, Hush, Now (Sidehatch Entertainment), is like a satisfying bite snuck from the stove. Mixing the abrasive charm of '90s guy-girl masters like Jawbox with the thoroughly modern, falsetto-fueled erratic melodicism of the Dirty Projectors is no small feat, and "Grillz" can be taken as a good sign that Boston's most promising trio may soon be Boston's best. Careful, don’t burn yourself. Grab the mpfree above, then get a seat at the table when Kid:Nap:Kin drop Hush, Now tonight at T.T. the Bear's Place.
-- M. Brodeur