Fellow Prefix editor Andrew Winistorfer summed up the Cool Kids’ proper full-length debut, When Fish Ride Bicycles, pretty damn well in the following sentence from his review:
Basically, your enjoyment of When Fish Ride Bicycles comes down to whether or not you’re willing to take 11 songs featuring beats of essentially the same tempo, lyrics that aren’t anyone’s definition of transcendent, and a style that, at best, is a shadow of stuff from the mid-‘80s.
Yeah, that’s about right. And while the album is not without its flaws, it’s still got some absolute bangers. In particular, you better not sleep on “Penny Hardaway” and “Swimsuits,” which couldn’t be more different from one another but offer a refreshing take on the Cool Kids’ style. Also, it doesn’t hurt that Ghostface Killah shows up for “Penny Hardaway” and injects some well-needed energy into the laid-back chill of Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish.
But don’t just take my and Storfer’s word for it. You can stream When Fish Ride Bicycles on Green Label Sound’s Facebook page. All you have to do is “like” the page. The album drops July 12.