When he graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2009, Patrick Jeffords had little time to consider his next move; he was quickly snapped up as the touring bassist for the fledgling electro-pop group Toro y Moi, led by his childhood friend Chaz Bundick. Over the next few years, the group gained
popularity and traveled the world, playing to bigger and bigger crowds and picking up endorsements from the likes of Kanye West and P. Diddy.
“Toro y Moi defined most of my 20s,” Jeffords says. Yet between those marathon tours and recording sessions, he made time to begin writing his own songs under the moniker Kid Trails – a project he could fully call his own.
While Toro y Moi embraces funky grooves and elaborate synth arrangements, Kid Trails celebrates elements of Southern-fried rock’n’roll, doo-wop and country. Since 2014, Jeffords has released a series of EPs and singles, as well as an LP, Kid Trails Rising. Tracks like the twangy ballad “The Side” and the sepia-tinged shuffle of “It Goes” capture a poignant melancholy that still pack enough hooks to make them instant earworms.
Jeffords has no plans of slowing down. Coming fast on the heels of a full US tour this summer, for which he enlisted members of Toro y Moi and Washed Out to round out his band, is another EP, Naming. Presenting some of his most refined songwriting to date, the four tracks explore notions of intimacy and romance with an unflinching gaze. The EP culminates in an unexpected and sumptuous cover of the Coleman Family’s soulful “People Has It Hard,” demonstrating that Kid Trails, just like Toro y Moi, won’t be content to stay in one place for long. More surprises are just on the horizon.