Friday, April 12, 2013

Mount Kimbie's Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

Mount Kimbie, the British electronic duo of Kai Campos and Dom Baker, are releasing their follow-up to 2010's Crooks & Lovers in late May. It's called Cold Spring Fault Less Youth (catchy, eh?) and it'll be on Warp.

Crooks & Lovers was something of a landmark, appearing on more than 30 "best of" lists in 2010 and earning Mount Kimbie a spot on the NME's "30 Artists for 2011." The BBC said that "Crooks & Lovers is an album of abrupt changes and paradoxes, at once organic and heavily processed, drowsy and yet with moments of eyes-on-stalks urgency, acoustically sweet and electrically charged. It's akin to gently drifting in and out of consciousness on a bus trip, only to be sporadically jolted back into consciousness."

The new album is already making some waves, as demonstrated in The Guardian UK's review/preview:

Bigger and bolder than their 2010 debut Crooks & Lovers, Mount Kimbie's forthcoming second album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth not only features vocals from King Krule but also from the duo themselves. While this isn't exactly revolutionary, it's a step away from their debut's reliance on pitched and screwed vocal snippets, in favour of fully arranged song structures and a sense of wider ambition. While their debut worked around a post-dubstep framework of scratchy guitars, glitchy beats and air-tight atmospherics, 'Made to Stray,' the first taster from its follow-up released last month, is a much more expansive, airier affair. As the pair explained: 'Two years is a long time. Tastes change, what you want out of your life changes, and so on. Naturally, how we want to sound has changed too.' A further shift away from their debut is represented on 'Blood and Form' – premiered here – which utilises a strangely woozy-sounding, marching-band beat and oddly pitched synth lines opposite a warm vocal to create something welcoming yet oddly alien.

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