London’s premier softcore-psych quartet CHILDCARE invite you on a wellness adventure with their debut album ‘Wabi-Sabi’, released 31st May via Get Well Soon. The 13-track album includes Radio 1 playlisted singles such as ‘Sugarcane’, and ‘Big Man’, plus brand-new material including lead single ‘Champagne Brain’.
Wabi-Sabi takes the listener on a self-healing quest of discovery; from dosings of Dr Dre in ‘Omega Grey’ and cross-dressing experimentation in ‘Getting Over You’, to psychedelic freak-out ‘Magazines’. This is what healing guitar music should sound like; fresh, escapist and with just a hint of the transcendental. The album is just one part of CHILDCARE’s Get Well Soon project; a multi-faceted wellness mission to make us all that little bit better through Personal GloryTM retreats, lavender scratch’n’sniff vinyl, scented bath bombs and ‘woah-man’ workshops.
Singer Ed Cares said about the album; “‘Wabi-Sabi’ is a Japanese world view which considers true beauty to be imperfect and incomplete. Despite the many reviews from highbrow publications we get as a band, e.g. “I can’t imagine CHILDCARE to be any more perfect or complete” [myindieband.com] we are in fact fallible human beings, just like you. This album is therefore a reflection of the journeys we’ve been on to better ourselves and we hope that in combination with all that the Get Well Soon project has to offer, you can feel better too.”
Lead single ‘Champagne Brain’ perfectly encapsulates one of the album’s key themes – a struggle to be better. Ed said about the single “Champagne Brain is what happens when I have too much fun. This song follows the journey of my misdemeanours from temptation to acceptance and finally, release.”
CHILDCARE were formed by Ed Cares, formerly one of west London’s most in-demand male nannies. Ed enlisted local musicians Emma Topolski (bass/vocals), Rich Le Gate (guitar) and Glyn Daniels (drums) to complete the group and they performed their first shows together at Reading and Leeds festival in 2016. Their skewed, softcore psych has gained them eager fans across the continent, extensive BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music support and wide-spread online coverage from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Wonderland, Clash, DIY and Indie shu?e to name but a few.
CHILDCARE will perform a series of headline shows and festivals throughout 2019 including Latitude, Reading and Leeds.
CHILDCARE ‘Wabi Sabi’ Tracklist
2. Omega Grey
3. Man Down (King Kong Shake)
4. Champagne Brain
7. It’s Terribly Overdone
8. Big Man
9. Getting Over You (Wabi-Sabi Edit)
12. My Psychotherapist Says
13. Cooking in Each Other’s Juices
Love for CHILDCARE
“Really fucking good” – Indie Shuffle
“It’s sensitive, but despite its serious subject matter, it still retains CHILDCARE’s knack for finding infectious melodies and harmonies that shimmer with a glorious pop sheen” – The Line of Best Fit
“I love this band” – Annie Mac
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