Canadian indie pop duo Wotts, hailing from Ottawa, have dropped their latest single “be kind,” and it’s a nostalgic trip down memory lane, invoking the spirit of 90s rock with a contemporary twist. This release follows their EP “garden,” released earlier this year, and marks a return to their signature sound, albeit with a fresh twist.
Wotts has always had a knack for blending modern and retro influences, and “be kind” is no exception. While their previous EP ventured into different territories, this track takes a deep dive into the 90s music scene. Drawing inspiration from artists like Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, and George Clanton, the duo weaves a sonic tapestry that’s both familiar and refreshing. Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jayem and bassist/guitarist Ricky 100 have crafted a song that’s not quite shoegaze but comes close to a “wall of guitars” sound. It’s a departure from their synth-based tracks, but it showcases their versatility and willingness to follow their creative instincts. “be kind” is more than just a musical endeavor; it’s a heartfelt farewell to those individuals from the past with whom closure was never achieved. Jayem explains the sentiment behind the track, acknowledging the impact certain people had on their lives, even if the endings were less than ideal. The song’s production draws on the aesthetics of 90s films and shows, lending it a cinematic quality that transports listeners to the end credits of an indie movie from that era.
Wotts’ commitment to exploring new sounds and their enthusiasm for sharing their music is evident, with plans for more releases in the pipeline. If “be kind” is any indication, the duo’s next chapter promises to be just as captivating and diverse as their musical journey so far.