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out now: Kool Thing – Kool Thing [Mad Dog & Love]

March 4, 2013

Artist:
Kool Thing

Title:
Kool Thing

Label:
Mad Dog & Love

Cat#:
MDL001

Release Date:
04th March 2013

Format:
CD & digital

Tracklist:
01)
Low Love

02)
Stories By The Bay

03)
Light Games

04)
Origins

05)
The Sign

06)
TV Tower

07)
Vesterbro

08)
Floor Visions

09)
Lost Days

10)
Valleys

11)
Line Drive

12)
The Sky, The Sea

13)
Trees

14)
Origins II

Info :
The debut full-length album from Berliner act kool thing is united by a feel of escapism, the need to ditch our urban addictions and regain a lost sense of wonderment, even if just for a few hours. With fourteen songs, including two instrumental interludes, kool thing sounds like youth remembered through a kaleidoscopic lens in which each mirrored fact points to limitless futures.

Just like the Hipgnosis-echoing cover artwork (courtesy of photographer John Duncan), this record is full of beautiful juxtapositions, artifice and nature yinning and yanging their way through a dramatic love affair. Rusty guitar licks are found curling up against fractalling synth arpeggiations, with Julie Chance and Jon Dark’s vocal harmonies dancing on the horizon above the thunderous drumming by Valentin Plessy.

“TV Tower”, the lead single (named after the retro-futuristic landmark in Berlin’s city centre), follows the rendezvous of tumultuous lovers, set to a majestic melange somewhere between new wave, new romantic and new age. Elsewhere, “Stories by the Bay” combines a tweaky bassline with smooth, lulling voices to convey both the nerves and bliss that accompany a first love, while “The Sky, The Sea” offers a truly otherworldly moment in which mutated musical elements seem to swim in the atmosphere.

Following the acclaimed Light Games EP and the “Plan.Life.Go” twelve-inch single, as well as their remixes for Austra, Trust and Light Asylum, kool thing is a pastiche of memories that forge a path ahead, not simply a musical journey but a mental one too.

Listen:

Videos:
“Light Games”

“The Sign”

Free Download:
“Ligth Games” single EP

Recommendations:
“Sparks EP” by Austra including Kool Thing remix

Buy:
Kool Thing shop @ bandcamp.com (CD & digital)
iTunes (digital)
more soon

Websites:
Kool Thing
Mad Dog & Love

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