Kyle Andrews – KANGAROO Album Review

Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Kyle Andrews is releasing his 18-minute EP (with one remix track) just in the nick of time. KANGAROO comes out the tail end of August, and it is a summery blockbuster of an album — a caffeine-riddled energetic blast full of feel-good pop songwriting.

The synthpop songs are short, sweet, and guaranteed to make your head bob and your arms go crazy like a wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man. “Sushi (Slow Dancing At The Prom Mix),” despite its horrible title, is surprisingly charming, with its romantic proposals of, “Could we have a moment?” Most notable, though, is the danceable opener, “You Always Make Me Smile.” It sets the positively-vibed stage early on, and in case you’ve forgotten about it fifteen minutes into the album, the EP closes with a remix of the same track, and it’s somehow just as enjoyable the second time around (or the fifteeth time, for that matter, cause chances are you’ll want to blast this EP a few times through).

Listen to “You Always Make Me Smile” – DOWNLOAD MP3


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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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