For nearly 15 years, Toronto-based songwriter Kenny Boothby has been producing indie-folk recordings under the moniker Little Kid with a rotating cast of collaborators, with releases over the years dipping into diverse realms ranging from field recordings and drone to slacker-rock spirituals (two influences perfectly portmanteau-ed in the 2018 album title Might as Well with My Soul). Marking their first release since 2020’s Transfiguration Highway—and their first ever release through Orindal Records—the outfit returns today with the news that their latest collection of songs titled A Million Easy Payments will arrive in February, with contributions from Eliza Niemi, engineer/musician Seth Engels, Fog Lake’s Aaron Powell, and others in addition to the current lineup of Boothby, Brodie Germain, Paul Vroom, Megan Lunn, and Liam Cole.
Leading up to the record’s release, the first single arrives today in the form of opening track “Something to Say,” a song that “felt like a track one” even before the rest of the record was recorded. “I remember feeling a lot of joy in that room,” Boothby recalls. “Brodie had moved away to London, but he was back in the country for a few weeks and it felt great to be playing with him again. I remember feeling so happy to be in a band with these folks who can pick up a song so quickly, inject their own personality into it, and nail it on the first take while recording live to tape. It feels like an immense relief to release it now, almost exactly four years later.”
The track is a gentle yet driving folk-rock recording anchored by Lunn’s banjo and Boothby’s subdued vocals contrasting with the single’s subject matter. “It’s a song about worrying what people might be saying about you when you're not around,” the songwriter shares. “It’s also about the way smoking weed can make those thoughts even worse, and sometimes a person’s gotta take a break from that stuff. It’s a simple song, but it feels good.”
Check out “Something to Say” below, and expect A Million Easy Payments to arrive February 23 via Orindal Records (US) and Gold Day Recordings (UK).