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Skyscrapers: Just Kids

A polished, impressive debut from Capetonian pre-teen trio.

6 Mar 2018 / Opinion, Review / written by Skye Mallac

Quite literally the new kids on the block, Skyscrapers comprises of Mila Smith, Leo Letschert and Dan Buchalter, whose ages range from 12 to 13 and who are providing an impressively fiery voice to their youthful generation. Having already played eagerly-received slots at Cafe Roux and Littlegig festival recently, the young trio are due to open for Freshlyground, alongside the likes of The Rudimentals, at De Waal park later this month.

‘Just Kids’ is marked as their first official radio release and is accompanied by a succinctly shot music video. Predominantly exploring a modern, electro-rooted sound, the track finds its feet with a simplistic, percussive rhythm and clarified vocals courtesy of 13-year-old Smith. Polished with a melodic maturity which far surpasses their years, the song revolves around the often overlooked, yet entirely significant issues which are prevalent at an early age.

In many respects highlighting the detrimental effects of pushy parents, the young band constantly reminds us of their youth and the freedom it should afford them. “We’re just kids / not robots / we don’t have stop and start,” lilts Smith as the chorus bubbles over. “Is it your life or ours?”

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Listen to “Just Kids” below.