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Thursday, January 16, 2003

Review - Airs Above Your Station

Artist: Kinski

Posted on Thu, Jan 16, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Airs Above Your Station
Label: Sub Pop
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Airs Above Your Station

Whereas most instrumental indie outfits opt for uneven time signatures and polyphonic riffing to make up for the lack of vocals, Seattle space-rockers Kinski keep it simple. A four-piece that isn't afraid to claim citizenship to Sonic's Youth's "Daydream Nation," Kinski takes tranced-out psychedelic dirges, strips them down to basic aural elements and then builds them back up to distortion-washed, majestic crescendos. The tracks "Schedules for Using Pillows and Beanbags" and "Your Lights Are (Out or) Burning Badly" typify Kinski's hypnotically dynamic methodology, churning and bubbling with a gentle pulse that slowly acquires droning guitars until it develops into a thunderous cacophony of fuzz and feedback. The songs are repetitious, but Kinski avoids redundancy and maintains an organic sensibility to its technologically enhanced compositions. This isn't for the agoraphobic, with some songs clocking in at nearly 12 minutes, but Kinski's slow burn does offer rewards for the patient.

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