Chiiild Returns With New Single, "Bon Voyage"

The experimental soul band from Montréal has returned after their woozy 2021 debut commercial album.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares

Expectedly, this one's for the late night drives. Chiiild, an experimental soul band from Montréal, has returned with a new single and music video, "Bon Voyage." The band is fronted and mostly managed by Yonatan "xSDTRK" Ayal, who collaborates with producer-guitarist Pierre-Luc Rioux. "Bon Voyage" follows Chiiild's last release back in February, a cover of Kid Cudi's "Day N Nite."

TORONTO, ONTARIO - MAY 15: Yonatan "xSDTRK" Ayal of the band Chiiild attends the 2022 JUNO Awards Broadcast at Budweiser Stage on May 15, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Jeremy Chan/Getty Images)

Firstly, that "experimental" label put on the group mostly owes its place to the variety of genres Chiiild work with. Sure, they make a lot of soul, but listeners might get more of an R&B vibe. Interestingly, their guitar tones and effects would fit snugly on any number of Tame Impala tracks. They've cited them as a major influence, also including Biggie, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Fleetwood Mac, D'Angelo, and Moby. Moreover, on this new track, some trap-like drums propel the track forward.

"Bon Voyage" is mostly built around somber guitar chords, tinging the track with a bit of emo vibes. However, subtle piano and synth tones hang in the background, and Yon's voice eternally echoes through the mix. It sounds like crickets are chirping throughout, which is a great touch, and more atmospheric chords rise and fall. Despite the incessant and thin trap hi-hat, some cavernous acoustic drums lift the song into the stratosphere. Certainly, this is the transcendence that they've been working for, as evidenced by their debut studio album Hope For Sale.

Meanwhile, Yon's lyrics reflect the song's spacey and wandering soundscapes. Specifically, he sings about mountains in a daydream, tangerine skies, tying ribbons to stars, and getting high on the weekend. His delivery is smooth, relaxed, and infectiously carefree. Moreover, he tries to connect with a specific partner through these experiences. "Tonight, it's you and I," he sings into the ether that takes the track over in the chorus build.

Additionally, they've announced an upcoming album, Better Luck In The Next Life. It's set to drop sometime in 2023.

You can check out Chiiild’s latest single on your preferred streaming service. Also, check out the music video for “Bon Voyage” and some standout lines below. Finally, if you want to learn more about Chiiild straight from the source, peep our interview with Yonatan here.

Quotable Lyrics

If you let me take you 'round
Show you things you never found
Hold your breath so you won't drown
Synesthesia, feel the sound

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.