kin Track by track – sonic reviews by 2020k
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03. Good Worker
05. In Due Order
06. Idle Talk
Bonus reviews: ;john | Clump
Their mystery ridden, complex story lines that have been presented through the project’s YouTube account have created a tight knit following through the digital-only BOUNTY and ; in concert releases. 21st century marketing, combined with technological outlets and creative expression that walk a tightrope between nimble accessibility and brilliant experimentation are just surface level scratching of what Jonna Lee and Claes Bjorklund have accomplished together.
For two years, the electronic duo Iamamiwhoami have taken the internet and the international music scene by storm, causing a blindsided firestorm of acclaim from the blogosphere and MTV, even going so far as to receiving a 2011 Grammi award for Innovator of the Year. All this notoriety, and yet the project still did not have full release or proper judge of character behind the masks of the project.
In fact, it seemed as though it would stay that way. In a recent interview, vocalist Jonna Lee proclaimed the two lone tracks released after the BOUNTY series, “; John” and “Clump” were created as an epilogue of sorts. While it was an ending, the songs were presented right before their first live concert and the only information we’d been given on behalf of the duo was that of which was streamlined through iTunes releases and YouTube videos. Many took it as the end of the musical venture as a whole and hope seemed to be severed.
With the debut of kin, their first physically released album, the creative force has left their mark even further and continues to expand through these live shows and magazine interviews. What once was thought of as a project which came to a halt is now continuing at unstoppable speeds and kin proves the band worthy of doing so.
kin is crafted through versatile means that dip through hints of downtempo, industrial, trip-hop, chillwave, and all around electro genres that are packaged together under an umbrella of pop composition and experimental production techniques. While the first few listens recall voices of pioneers within the alternative dance community, Iamamiwhoami brings creative drive through their approach to the mixing and recording process.
Specifically speaking and most noted are the vocal approaches. The entirety of Iamamiwhoami’s discography has a precise vision in every aspect of its processes, but a strong focus on remaining fresh in terms of vocal production and recording is felt. Jonna Lee sings in a very different tone than her contemporaries and on top of that is heavily effected in reverberation and delay to create an extremely dense world, thick with emotion and euphoric bliss.
Sonically, the record doesn’t have the largest dynamic range. It averages at about 6dB, but manages to give itself a very spacious vibe through smart use of equalization techniques. This is most touched upon on our track review of “Sever” but has also been mentioned elsewhere. In fact, the only place where kin seems to suffer from being too loud is from the minimal arrangement on “In Due Order” but upon listening to the album in it’s entirety, the track maintains the balance that the rest of the album has. Also, listening to the record on vinyl gives a vastly different listen, so we recommend to give that physical version a listen!
All in all, kin is a deeply conceptual journey from start to end. A look at different aspects of the human psyche, all interwoven into a greater whole that’s able to effectively and elegantly portray these folk-esque stories through means of sing/dance in a way that’s new and refreshing in the world of 21st century music and technology.
Album rating: 4.5/5
BUT WAIT! WE HAVE SOME DROPS FOR YOU! TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF IAMAMIWHOAMI’S DEBUT ALBUM, WE’RE GIVING AWAY THREE COPIES OF THE STANDARD EDITION OF KIN!
The standard edition of kin comes in a folded digipak and features both the album, as well as a DVD that features all of the videos released for the kin project! THERE ARE THREE GLORIOUS WAYS TO ENTER! Are you ready to Play..?
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One winner from each way to enter will be selected on October 21st, 2012 and will be contacted via email so we can gather shipping information and sever these copies from our office! What are you waiting for?! Be a good worker and give us your submission A.S.A.P.
kin was released June 11th, 2012 via To Whom It My Concern & various September dates through Cooperative Music.
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