You can read my review of Mount Kimbie, published by Pilerats, here.
Lumis Youth is starting up a running monthly list of gigs to see each month from a variety of venues in Sydney. Each artist’s name has been hyperlinked with a clip that displays why you should see them. If you have any recommendations for this list, feel free to contact Lumis Youth at email@example.com or leave a comment.
Goodgod Small Club
Oxford Art Factory
– Youth Lagoon – 30th January for $38.60 + BF via Moshtix
Sydney Festival – Town Hall
The Metro Theatre
Beach Road Hotel
– Sun City – January 22nd for FREE
Rating – 4/5
Lumis picks – ‘Home Recording’, ‘You Took Your Time feat. King Krule’ and ‘Blood and Form’.
‘Turn that monotonic rubbish off and do your homework!’ Shouts my mother from downstairs while I’m listening to haunting lines of Home Recording of which, in my opinion but clearly not my mother’s is a beautiful track encased within an equally majestic almost cerebral album. Reality seems to hover in out and of existence when you sink into the album, taking you to a new world full of low-key melodies and off-beat synths. To divulge into their sound, it’s interesting to see how they create their initial noises from a field recording, which picks up to say a bicycle going by which they could morph into a beat, to create something entirely organic but yet artificially transfigured.
To me, the album seems to be part of some greater ethereal being that has been embodied within this album, it is so alive and vibrant that it just jumps out of the album and into the listeners very ears demanding to be heard. Home Recording grabs you first, its haunting trumpet sounds out the first keys which then slowly evolve into this steady discordant snapping in the background. As the track builds and builds, the soft vocals of Campos wash over you, washing all worries away keeping you attached to the beauty of the song. Cold Spring builds crooning you, with King Krule not so much rapping but speaking to you, moving from softness and then suddenly lashing out in an echo of rage, in time with the soft organ keys. Suddenly, the air that cleared for his coarse voice, then suddenly thickens, morphing and dampening his voice as You Took Your Time ends… Other noteworthy tracks that burst out of the album are the catchy two-step of ‘Made To Stray’ and the near industrial groaning roars of ‘Slow’ distilled into some smooth harmonies.
The album ebbs and flows with the touches of Mount Kimbie, who are pushing it along in an attempt to find their own in sound in the ever-increasing space of the internet. At times, the uncertainty of the duo emanates with silent tension as if they placing their feet in new ground away from ‘Crooks & Lovers’ which sometimes fails but other times resounds perfectly.