On synth pop duo Cardiknox’s last single “Hold Me Down”, one line piqued interest: “When I moved to New York, it was all supposed to work out”. If their sleek brand of electric funk melodies is anything, it’s proof that things can at least sound like they are. That moody pop number, as well as the glowing “Technicolor Dreaming” and the brand new single “Wasted Youth” are brilliant illustrations of mid-twenties uncertainty and anxiety, personified in skittering drums and neon harmonies. The newest one has a percolating rhythm and warm vocals of equal parts Chairlift and Swedish cyborg pop—however, the lyrical subject matter takes the reigns of Cardiknox’s exploration of the young American psyche this time around.
Check out the track “Wasted Youth” above, and make your way over to Rock and Roll Hotel on Mar. 23 to see the NYC duo open for Australia’s Betty Who.