Label: Avant Garden/Island Records
Released: February 28

Vocalist Yoni Ayal and guitarist Pierre-Luc Rioux perform alchemy together as Chiiild. Synthetic Soul transmutes the ordinary into the romantic, with lusciously trippy, psychedelic R&B offerings that slice through the doldrums of 2020. In a sense, the project’s title is a bit of a misnomer. Synthetic Soul is actually made up of entirely natural ingredients: love, life, and death. However, it’s the synthesis of these ideas, housed within a blissfully euphoric seven-track EP, that seizes our attention and leaves us with feelings of hopefulness when it’s all said and done. If Chiiild can make it work during the worst of times, I can’t imagine what they’ll do when things get better. —JJ Bottineau