Sticking with the simplest of pop structures, “Hey Cool Kid” gets it right where it counts: the chorus. Wedged between three cymbal smashing, speaker blowing verses, two choruses pry the song open to reveal a delicate interior: percussion lays low; the spotlight hits a lone guitar fill and a smolderingly sarcastic, subtly harmonized refrain –
Oh you’re such a cool kid.
In essence, what we have here is an underproduced old-school Strokes single, somewhat lighter on the bravado.
That’s it. Enjoy.
Cloud Nothings is touring Europe now, in case you were wondering.