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Album Review: Here For Now by Louis The Child

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Louis The Child is an American production duo from Chicago. The group is made up of Robby Hauldren and Frederic Kennett. Ever since hearing some of their tracks from car commercials, or just commercials in general, it got me hooked to the group. They have been gaining popularity over the past few years and have finally released their debut album, Here For Now.

The first track from the album is just a quick introduction track titled Scooter's Debut (Intro). You have a distorted sound clip that opens up the track, then suddenly has a fake radio broadcast that slowly transitions into the next track, Big Love, which features EARTHGANG. While featuring some sound bites from the first track, you have some loud and exciting electronic beats to open up the chorus. EARTHGANG was surprisingly able to use this beat well to their ability, so I'm glad they were able to collaborate with Louis The Child. Obviously, since the name of the track has love in it, both members talk about the concept of love, and of course the extracurricular part.

Bittersweet features Frederic singing during this track. The track opens up with just a normal drum beat, with different electronic notes sprinkled in here and there. It does open up a bit more during the chorus, but the main focus is the drums. On this track, he talks about bittersweet moments, where you can feel happiness, as well as sadness or pain at the same time.

After that, we get a feature from Quinn XCII on Little Things. The track opens up quietly with just a few synth chords in the background. Quinn XCII also does mention the synth during the pre-chorus of the track, but I'm not a huge fan of the quiet verses on this track. Also, I don't think Chelsea Cutler's voice mixes well with Quinn XCII on her lower vocal range. Just a lot of small things on this track ruin it for me, but I know others are in love with this track.

We All Have Dreams is another track which opens up slowly and quietly and also features the second collaboration between K.Flay and Louis The Child. After the introduction, it speeds up in tempo and brings us a quick drumkit. The message of the track talks about having people by your side, as well as the concept of having that one person you love.

Nobody Like You opens up with high pitched electronic notes that fade in. Then you get the repeated synth notes that are reminiscent of early electronic music. According to the duo, they wanted something that sounded like CHVRCHES synthpop music. They also enlisted the help of one of the members from CHVRCHES to help write the song.

When I first heard Don't Mind play for the first time in my car, I fell in love instantly with this track. The vocals start to fade in and you have the calm vocals after the intro. The quiet but so subtle bell sounds makes this track loveable and danceable.

After the introduction to Every Color, you get a groovy, bass-heavy track. They seem to add and change up the small solo sections after every chorus, but they're able to make it work. Foster The People were a great addition to add to the mix, even if they have lost their relevancy since their Pumped Up Kicks track.

Besides the intro track, Get Together is the shortest track on the album, just a little under two and a half minutes in length. There's a soothing trumpet playing in the background that adds some great layering to the track. It really fits the vibe of chillwave and jazz rap. On the track, Duckwrth talks about two people losing themselves in a relationship and trying to get back to a better place.

What A World marks the longest track on the album, exactly four minutes in length. There's a piano lick that is repeated throughout the track, which isn't bad, but they try to warp and distort the sound throughout the track. The vocals aren't bad, so I guess the track has that going for it.

La La La (Everything's Okay) opens up with some chopped up vocals, as well as a recording from Robby when he was younger. The track is minimalistic with its lyrics, but it's just mentioning that everything will be okay and to just live life freely. The end of the track ends with "Gimme all your love" being repeated.

Next, we have Free. The track features R&B vocalist Drew Love, who has been featured by other high profile artists, such as The Chainsmokers. Besides the end of the track, which is phenomenal, the beat for this track seems like any other generic electronic or pop artist would use. I wish there was a little more creativity put into this track.

Now we have the title track, We Are Here For Now. The track starts out quiet, but eventually builds up to a drop. Once the drop happens, you have a variety of different light electronic notes sprinkled in. It's pretty repetitive in nature, but if this is your type of track, I can see how some people would enjoy it.

The final track from the album is Fade Away. This track seems to pay homage to some of their older material that they produced on their EP's. Just like the last track, the lyrics are pretty minimalistic in nature, except this has more high pitched vocals.

I was really psyched for this album to come out at first but was let down once I finished the entire album. As solid as this album is, it's just your typical electronic/producer album. While I understand that artists grow over time, it just seems like they lost a lot of their creativity that they put into on their EP's.
Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: Big Love, Bittersweet, Don't Mind, Fade Away

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