donderdag 14 april 2016

Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O – Are You Land Or Water

Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O – Are You Land Or Water
House of Mythology – 2016
Rated: ***

Two years after the amazing fivestar self-titled debut by the Norwegian band Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O, which harbored members of Madrugada, My Midnight Creeps and Ricochets, released in 2011, they promised us a follow-up album. But unfortunately, nothing happened. Even though they did release a single (Europa, which now closes the album) in 2014 we heard eerily nothing of KKKMO. But apparently their studio was demolished and the record label went bankrupt. And all those troubles and worries combined made frontman Alex Kloster-Jensen choose to rather head off into nature on his self-built bike then to have anything to do with the music business. (Which also sounds like an awesome drummer we all know…) He did this until Anders Moller (Ulver) pulled him back into the dark and damp rehearsal space once again. Just to jam, without any plans or obligations, and just to experience that lovely journey, from A to wherever you may end up, once again. Just like on his bike. And that is exactly how the new record Are You Land Or Water sounds. Quiet and subdued constantly progressing music with still some influences here and there of Mali- and voodoo blues, like a Dr. John we love. The journey is lovely, the landscape utterly beautiful and the vistas on occasion breathtaking. But even then it never becomes really thrilling or spectacular. For that, we unfortunately have to conclude, they are simply not hitting the peddle hard enough…

(Written by JK)

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