Under the Influence: Chiiild's 5 Most Influential Songs

Montreal's genre-bending band Chiiild create a skyscraping psychedelic r&b sound that is equally inspired by D’Angelo as it is Tame Impala. They have recently shared their first single, “Count Me Out,” a song about being a work in progress, an exercise in persistence and listening to the omens.

Chiiild have recently announced their debut EP Synthetic Soul set to drop in Fall 2019 via indie tastemaker collective Avant Garden, and already have impressive collaborations, spanning from working on a Grammy award winning Jack Ü album with Skrillex and Diplo to Usher, Jacob Banks, Allie X and more.

We asked the band to share their top 5 most influential songs and what makes them so meaningful. Here's what they had to say:


“Porcelain” by Moby

This is debatably my favorite song of all time. It’s so simple and accessible and yet takes you on a journey that I never get tired of. 

“Sultans of Swing” By Dire Straits

On my 4th birthday, my dad gave me a fisher price radio and the Dire Straits’ self-titled cassette tape. I got hooked. I didn’t know much about music but I knew that my dad loved the album and that was good enough for me. I sat on the steps of our house and listened to “Sultans of Swing” on repeat. There was something familiar and fascinating about it. I always go back to this song because it reminds me of home. It also happens to be one of the most influential guitar performances of all times.

“Pala” By Friendly Fires

This was probably the most humbling piece of music I came across when I started making music. The textures in that album made it a 3D listening experience. Till this day I keep coming back to it over and over and continue to discover new elements.

“Jasmine” by Jai Paul

This song was 10 years ahead of its time. It’s hypnotic and imperfect. Jai Paul is just one of those artists that has a completely singular way of expressing himself and drawing you into his music without trying too hard. It feels personal to him but you can always find yourself in it. 

“(Somebody) Ease my Troublin’ Mind” by Sam Cooke

This was the song that inspired our first release “Count Me Out”. After discovering that song I went on a deep dive of old Sam Cooke songs and stories which were really inspiring when working on our first E.P. It's haunting and hopeful at the same time. 

If you haven't heard of Chiiild yet, here's your chance to do so. You do not want to sleep on this band!

Acentric Magazine