Death In the Afternoon | Kino
Göteborg quartet Death In the Afternoon have a new LP, “Kino”, front-loaded with three songs off their 2012 “Singles & B-Sides” EP released earlier this year. It includes the standout track “John Who”, a prime example of the sparkly synthesizer touches scattered throughout the album. Largely, the record has some 80s throwback moments, and the songs delightfully mix falsetto vocal melodies with a spacey keyboards and playful polyrhythms. The song “OKOK”, for example, begins with arcade-game sounds, an almost Asian-styled keyboard, and a deep resonating bass moan that alter, shift, and twist together into lush arrangement. “J(L)G” works like an album interlude, a light and airy piano-piece breather that leads into the dark, languid groove of “Tricks” — a song with sinister undertones. The record impressively takes the same basic elements (soft vocals and synth) and finds a way to create distinct dream-pop sounds among its 11 tracks. Note: Interestingly, the band does have a sweet track on its “Singles & B-Sides” EP that is actually called “Kino”, but isn’t on this record featuring its name. Follow the band at facebook or stream the new record at bandcamp. Read archived Their Bated Breath posts about Death In the Afternoon here. — David D. Robbins Jr.