Mount Kim­bie

Love What Sur­vives

Mojo (UK) - - News - Stephen Wor­thy

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.

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