As a reminder, TKE is a duo that blends the chill rock vibes of HEART, Phoebe Bridgers, and Taylor Swift if they were sharing a joint outside an LGBTQIA2+ bar. But it’s more than that.
The first three singles we talked about – “Where U At”, “Baby Stepping” and “Hey hey” – had in common a spare, intimate arrangement that made them as straightforward and effective as possible. And the new song, “Uh Uh” follows a similar path.
Clocking at 02:45, “Uh Uh” is to yours truly the most optimistic track yet by TKE.
Contrary to, for instance, “Baby Stepping”, which has a similar thought of going forward, this one is more feisty as the character singing realizes the relationship she’s in is not that good and then decides it’s up to her to go on and fight to evolve and improve. The repeating “uh uh” in the chorus, apart from being very catchy from the start, is a way of mocking that character that’s burdening our singer and not letting her be.
The contrast between the verses, chorus and middle eight, works well and makes this single easy to listen to and sing to. The connection with the listener is immediate, which arguably makes it the best of the four songs TKE has released so far. OFxSHxRE, producer and co-writer of the song, chose to include airy keyboards for the verses and a simple guitar riff for the chorus, taking the song closer to the hills of the West Coast overlooking the sea.
Word of mouth is starting to work for TKE, as some of their earlier tracks have been very well received on Spotify where listens are counted by the thousands. The freshness of “Uh Uh” will make their fanbase grow, no doubt about that.