The idea that this life is merely a trial run for the next one, a pre-test of sorts, is at the heart of nearly every religion.

The idea that something far greater than we can comprehend is happening just outside the veil of perception is at the heart of every mindbending psychedelic experience.

Montreal-based duo Chiiild has married these two concepts together for their latest single “Back to Life”, with an assist from Zimbabwe-raised Shungudzo (an absurdly talented individual who’s lived several astonishing lives yet will still have ‘Real World cast member’ in the first line of her epitaph).



They claim they wrote this song the day they met, a claim that makes its way into the press releases of 95% of all artist collaborations. 

“This song is a metaphor, a fantasy that life is just practice and somehow in the future, we can get a second shot at this,” Shungudzo told The Line of Best Fit about the track.

It’s also an absolute groove. A near-flawless psychedelic soul x dream-pop hybrid that manages to cram in a few other genres along the way. It’s hypnotic and weightless.

If you let it, it’ll carry you away.

“If there’s a god, I hope she’s black,” is the energy we should all be trying to bring into the afterlife.

Chiiild’s debut EP Synthetic Soul is due out this fall. They’re currently touring North America with Emotional Oranges, which appears to be the real name of an actual band. Dates and venues are below:

9/17 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne
9/19 – San Francisco, CA – Regent
9/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda
9/24 – Houston, TX – The Studio at Warehouse Live
9/25 – Dallas, TX – Trees]
9/27 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
9/28 – Durham, NC – Art of Cool
9/30 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
10/1 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
10/2 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix
10/4 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
10/5 – Chicago, IL – Metro
10/7 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
10/9 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro
10/11 – Santa Ana, CA – Yost Theatre


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