Love What Survives
WARP. CD/DL/LP Lo-fi synthery spliced with alt rock DNA.
Mount Kimbie’s Kai Campos and Dominic Maker like to keep moving. Between their first two albums they travelled from ghostly bass explorations to songbased outings encased in quasi-techno, jazzy alt rock and ambient. Here, Mount Kimbie adopt early-’80s indietronic’s swirling analogue synths, Hooky-esque bass and saturnine guitars. The rudimentary electro rhythm and doleful reverb of Audition shares DNA with Seventeen Seconds-era Cure. On SP12 Beat, Mount Kimbie consult the New Order playbook for its lo-fi indie/synth stylings. Elsewhere, a clutch of trusted vocal contributors add weight. King Krule colours Blue Train’s motorik groove with rasping poetics, Micachu’s distinctive croon embellishes Marilyn’s swooning loop of melodica and sub-Saharan melodies, while old pal James Blake lends his vocal acrobatics to the organ-doused devotional of We Go Home Together. Raw yet warm, Love What Survives has a distinctively comforting setting.