Montreal-based band Chiiild had one of the year's strongest debut singles so far with "Count Me Out." First releases don't normally come as such fully formed and skillfully executed songs, but Chiiild has been developing their self-proclaimed "synthetic soul" for years, working behind the scenes with acts like Diplo, Skrillex, and Usher. They're gearing up to finally release their first project at the end of 2019, and they've already set the tone.
Chiiild's experience in the electronic, R&B, and pop worlds makes sense given their sleek arrangements, but influences like D'Angelo, Tame Impala, Pink Floyd, and Marvin Gaye yield a soulful, dynamic sophistication. In both "Count Me Out" and follow-up single "Back To Life," trippy effects and otherworldly vocals swirl within beautiful strings, crisp drums, and a mesmerizing combination of lush layers and empty space.