Chiiild (pronounced "child") is a Canadian experimental soul band, fronted by Yonatan "xSDTRK" Ayal signed to Avant Garden Records[1][2] and 4th & Broadway (Def Jam Recordings). The Montréal-based band formed in 2017 and released their debut EP, Synthetic Soul, in 2020.

Musical style and influences

With a creative process rooted in collaborative experimentation, Chiiild's work has been universally described as "genre-bending."[3][4] Various styles the band has drawn from include soul,[2] R&B,[5] psychedelia,[6] jazz,[7] indie,[8] and pop.[9] The band have dubbed this wide-ranging textural sound as “synthetic soul”.

The band has cited D'Angelo, Tame Impala, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, The Notorious B.I.G., Brandy, Wu-Tang Clan, Fleetwood Mac and Moby as influences.[1][10]

Band members

The band's logo was designed in 2019 by Michael Brandonisio.

Current members

Supporting members


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with release details
TitleAlbum Details
Hope for Sale
  • Released: July 23, 2021[13]
  • Label: Avant Garden / 4th & Broadway
Better Luck in the Next Life
  • Released: March 3, 2023
  • Label: Avant Garden / 4th & Broadway (Def Jam Recordings)

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with release details
TitleEP Details
Synthetic Soul


As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with release year and project name
TitleYearAlbum / EPRef
"Count Me Out"2019Synthetic Soul[15]
"Back to Life" (featuring Shungudzo)
"Hands Off Me"2020
"Sleepwalking"2021Hope for Sale
"Awake" (featuring Mahalia)
"Day 'n' Nite" (Kid Cudi cover)2022
"Bon Voyage"Better Luck in the Next Life

As featured artist

TitleYearAlbum / EPRef
"Bonafide" (Emotional Oranges featuring Chiiild)2021The Juicebox[18]
"Compassion" (Lucky Daye featuring Chiiild)2022Candydrip

Promotional singles

List of promotional singles, with release year and project name
TitleYearAlbum / EPRef
"Pirouette (Stripped)"2020Non-album single[15]

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artist(s), release year and album name
TitleYearOther artistAlbum
"Careless"[19]2017DaleyThe Spectrum
"South Beach"[20]2018Tayla ParxTayla Made


Headline Tour

  • Apocalyptic Optimistic Tour (2021)

Opening act

  • The Boundless Tour (2022) (supporting Leon Bridges)
  • A Very Emotional Tour[21] (2019) (supporting Emotional Oranges)

Awards and nominations


2022Hope For SaleDSCVR Artist To Watch 2022

JUNOS Awards

2022Hope For SaleAlternative Album of the YearNominated

Prism Prize

2022Hope For SaleHi-Fidelity AwardWon

We The Beat Awards

2020"Pirouette"Song of the YearWon[22]


  1. ^ a b c "Avant Garden - Artist Roster: Chiiild". Avant Garden Records. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Leijon, Erik. "Chiiild Is Montreal's Most Soulful Secret". COMPLEX Canada. Complex Networks. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Granadoson, Vidal N. "Chiiild Blends Genres to Create Psychedelically Soulful R&B". Quip Magazine. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Dale, Evan. "Montreal's Chiiild Invent Own Sound Aptly Described with Debut, Synthetic Soul". RNGLDR Magazine. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  5. ^ Holdsworth, Bryony. "Chiiild deliver introspective, left-of-field R&B with their debut 'Count Me Out'". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  6. ^ Madden, Sidney. "Heat Check". All Songs Considered. NPR. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Shah, Deep. "Chiiild - Count Me Out". COLORSxSTUDIOS. COLORS Media. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  8. ^ Ayal, Yonatan (October 3, 2019). "Chiiild's Synthetic Soul Sound Takes Inspiration From Many Genres". Vocalo Radio (Interview). Interviewed by Sandra Treviño. Audio produced by Fyodor Sakhnovski. Chicago: WBEW.
  9. ^ Moore, Jacob. "Best New Artists of the Month (September 2019)". Pigeons & Planes. Complex Networks. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  10. ^ Burkhart, David Dean (22 January 2020). "New Noise: Chiiild". Wonderland Magazine. Visual Talent Ltd. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  11. ^ Renaud, Philippe (30 January 2020). "Pierre-Luc Rioux: Get In Line!". SOCAN Words and Music. SOCAN. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  12. ^ Eastmond, Jasmyne. "Emotional Oranges and Chiiild take on Westward Music Festival with Lust, Love and Groovy Tunes". The Ubyssey. AMS. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  13. ^ Leijon, Erik. "25 Canadian Artists to Watch Out For in 2021". COMPLEX Canada. Complex Networks. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  14. ^ "Synthetic Soul by Chiiild on Apple Music". Apple Music. Apple Inc. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Chiiild Discography". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  16. ^ Rossignol, Derrick (28 April 2021). "Chiiild Deals With Unexpected Misunderstandings On The Smooth Single 'Gone'". Uproxx. Warner Music Group. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  17. ^ Droke, Carolyn (2 June 2021). "Chiiild's Groove-Driven Single 'Eventually' Is Optimistic About Love". Uproxx. Warner Music Group. Retrieved June 2, 2021.
  18. ^ "'Bonafide' (with Chiiild) by Emotional Oranges on TIDAL". TIDAL. Aspiro AB. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  19. ^ "Careless (feat. Chiiild) by Daley on Apple Music". Apple Music. Apple Inc. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  20. ^ "South Beach (feat. Chiiild) by Tayla Parx on Apple Music". Apple Music. Apple Inc. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  21. ^ Arunarsirakul, Alissa. "Chiiild Will Surely Bring You "Back To Life" With Their Psychedelic Soul Righteousness". Ones to Watch. Live Nation. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  22. ^ "2020 We The Beat Awards". We The Beat. Retrieved December 15, 2020.

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