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Photographed by Joshua Shultz

“church” in the desert

When I was a sophomore in college, a friend of mine posted the title track from Kitten's Cut It Out EP. In all honesty, I probably clicked on it because the band was named after one of my favorite creatures, but I became completely obsessed with their synth pop sound about 30 seconds into the song. From there, I proceeded to download all of the band's music and listen to them as often as possible.

The same year that Kitten's Like a Stranger EP was released, the band opened for Charli XCX. Frontwoman Chloe Chaidez and Charli were a perfect pair on stage, and it was a spectacular display of the glory of girl power. In 2014, Kitten released their long-awaited debut self-titled album.

Today, NYLON is premiering the music video for "Church," a track fresh off Kitten's newly released Heaven or Somewhere in Between EP. Chaidez told us that it's her favorite song off the EP and describes it as playful with dark lyrics that create tension. Directed by Joshua Shultz and styled by Lisa Martinezboth of whom worked on "Fall On Me"—the video stars Chaidez alongside her six-year-old cousin, Jaylene. "She had never acted before but I feel like she captured exactly what we were going for," said Chaidez. "A really candid, natural vibe."

Watch the black-and-white montage and catch Kitten on tour, below.

3/10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
3/12 - Phoenix, AZ - ViVaPHX
3/14 - San Antonio, TX - Paper  Tiger
3/16 - Austin, TX - SXSW - ICM showcase Buffalo Billiards
3/18 - Austin, TX - SXSW- Grammy Museum Party, The Tap Room
3/19 - Houston, TX - Cactus Records 
3/23 - Atlanta, GA - Club Hell
3/25 - Washington, D.C.- Rock and Roll Hotel
3/26 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right (Dolores Haze // Pond Mag event)
3/27 - Philadelphia, PA - The Balcony
3/29 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
3/30 - St Louis MO - Firebird
3/31 - Kansas City, MO - Tank Room
4/1 - Columbia, MO - Rose Music Hall 
4/3 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
4/4 - Denver, CO - Moon Room
4/5 - Salt Lake City, UT - Loading Dock

Lil Nas X, The Regrettes, and more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 10 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Lil Nas X, The Regrettes and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

7 EP - Lil Nas X
It's finally here, and it's everything you'd hope it'd be. Catch that yeehaw Cardi B feature.

"Expensive" - Rence ft. Noah Cyrus
I identify as the expensive love interest, thanks.

The Regrettes - I Dare You [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

"I Dare You" - The Regrettes
How much cuter could they get? We stan.

Kiesza - Sweet Love (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

"Sweet Love" - Kiesza
Haunting and hot. What more could we ask for?

Noël Wells - Sad Girl Blues www.youtube.com

"Sad Girl Blues" - Noël Wells
My new anthem, TBH.

"Addicted" - Déyyess
I would let Déyyess sing me the phonebook.

Baby Rose - Mortal (Official Video) www.youtube.com

"Mortal" - Baby Rose
A sultry sort of lullaby.

"Keeper" - Olivia Nelson
Already stuck in my head, and that's where I want it to stay.

Poppy - Choke (Official Audio) www.youtube.com

"Choke" - Poppy
I can't get enough of this creepy AF beat.

"dead yet" - Gabriel Black ft. Phem
So here for this tender teen angst.

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