Music Fix: Kids by OneRepublic
What happens when you take ¼ indie group M83, ¼ nostalgia, and ½ OneRepublic? Well you get their new track “Kids.”
The melodic departure from OneRepublic’s previous works is apparent from the start, with the electronic crooning in the beginning. They introduce the song with high pitched chirping sounds that send your mind into the stratosphere.
The song isn’t ready to set you off to the stars yet, as the guitar chords keep you grounded. The lyrical quality of the song is worth noting to, as it continues to show the prowess of Tedder’s ability to capture the emotions of a universal feeling.
“Days when/We’d fight, we’d fight ’til I would give in/Yeah, perfect disasters/We were reaching, reaching for the rafters. And on most of the days we were searching for ways/To get up and get out of the town that we were raised, yeah, Cause we were done/I remember, we were sleeping in cars/We were searching for OZ.”
And just like that, we are all back to our childhood. Nostalgia is strong within all of us, and it’s easy to think that this will be another ode to “the good ol’ days,” especially with the track title.
Tedder, however, decides to take this idea of nostalgia and challenge it. Instead he lets us know that the best days are not behind us. It’s as if he takes a soapbox that’s been tossed to the street curve, and makes his proclamation:
“I refuse to look back thinking days were better/Just because they’re younger days/I don’t know what’s ’round the corner/Way I feel right now I swear we’ll never change/Back when we were kids/Swore we would never die/You and me were kids/Swear that we’ll never die.”
He’s shouting (or singing) that even though he’s getting older (and roughly around the age of many of us older millennials), he’s not giving into the sadness that comes to us as we think that life becomes nothing but a bore as we slowly walk to our graves.
It is powerful. It is refreshing. It is something we hope that other millennials out there will take note of like it were gospel.
The song releases you into the glorious universe, bathed in the fires and darkness and expansiveness of it all each time the chorus comes up. Like a sonic boom, the falsetto of Tedder’s voice makes you want to ride your bike very fast, raise your head, and then let go of the handlebars.
You want to be carefree again, but this time around he doesn’t want us to do it in our memories, but to do it as adults.
He makes you feel like a star soaring through the darkness, refusing to let old age dictate what your young heart says:
“Feel the years start burning/City lights they’re turning/Something ’bout this feels the same.”
OneRepublic’s new MV is waiting to give you that same high you remember from back in the day, and it is by far one of the best offerings this summer, and will keep you warm as the leaves turn brown.