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`Cold Spring Fault Less Youth' isn't the revolution i was expecting
on 29 May 2013
How about this for a change of direction, or is it? Mount Kimbie follow up their hugely enjoyable debut `Crooks and Lovers' with a somewhat different second album in `Cold Spring Fault Less Youth'. If you've listened to `Crooks and Lovers', Mount Kimbie's new album may take a few listens before your ears make sense of it all.
`Cold Spring Fault Less Youth' has a loose and spacious feel to it, the opening `Home Recording' won't ever leave you breathless but its a solid though underwhelming opener. `You Took Your Time' brings forth the urban rhymes of King Krule, his lazily vocalised drawls need a bit of time to get used to, but it soon changes into more of an angry growl. Its one of those tracks that works but doesnt at the same time, something appears to be missing but you can't quite work it out so you continually replay it until you think it makes sense.
`Cold Spring Fault Less Youth' balances elegantly between the lows and high but never over-reaches on either side, though sometimes I wished this restraint was tested more. `Made To Stray' is one of the key tracks on this album, beginning with a a slow-burning stomp and a progressive skittering drum arrangement and reverb, carefully drawn deep synths, trumpets, organ, bass and some vocals finish off a fine track. But even this track felt like it still needed an extra layer of euphoria, and i'm not sure the vocals were necessary. `Sullen Ground' is another success, its the closest track to the sound which made Mount Kimbie famous. A brooding dancefloor-disorientated flash of static and washed out house beats, woozy vocals drift in and out whilst the seamless groove locks you in. `So Many Times, So Many Ways', `Lie Near', `Slow' and `Fall Out' sit snugly within the album but didn't really stimulate you. Some tracks like `Break Well' and `Blood And Form' started very promisingly, but fizzled out of ideas.
`Cold Spring Fault Less Youth' isn't the revolution i was expecting, it certainly doesn't have any of the impact of `Crooks and Lovers' or is as entertaining. Its obvious that Mount Kimbie are deliberately trying to move on from the sound of their debut, which is a bold move. `Cold Spring Fault Less Youth' is at once loose and cohesive in equal measure, warm and groovy and has its imaginative moments. And this album would sound great live. But it feels like their transitional album, theres an element of restraint which stops them ever hitting their stride.