Kinski / Cosy Moments - 4062096
It’s been a few years since Kinski’s last album came out. They know that. Kinski also knows they could have stopped making music a long time ago, but they still have a lot to say. “We could have easily stopped,” said guitarist Chris Martin, speaking about the five-year gap between albums he made with Lucy Atkinson, Matthew Reid-Schwartz and Barrett Wilke. “But it felt wrong to quit. We wanted to keep doing it somehow. To keep going and keep making vital, great music.” Their upcoming release Cosy Moments due out in April 2013 on Kill Rock Stars is just that: Vital and great.
The album is filled with the glistening, graceful chords and heavy proto-punk rhythms that have become Kinski’s hallmarks over the last 14 years of playing music together. Not that the band is walking in their own musical footprints on the new album. Instead, Cosy Moments is the result of Martin, the band’s songwriter, spending the last few years figuring out where to go next musically. “We wanted to make something poppier and more direct,” Martin said. “That was the kind of music I wanted to hear then and that’s what we tried to do. I was really sick of hearing people step on wah wah pedals and solo over psych rock. There were so many people doing that. Including us. We’ve always had more poppy, songish elements But we just took it further this time.”
To build the complex layers of sound on the album, Martin changed up the way he wrote the songs, leaving behind the pedals, amps and tones he would play around with while drafting songs and instead sticking to more traditional songwriting techniques. The result of his efforts are songs crafted on a solid framework, with each song reaching higher and higher through complex layers of crisp guitar arpeggios, pounding percussion and fleeting ethereal moments that are a far cry from Kinski’s earlier fuzzed out psych-metal work. The addition of a pop element is not the only evolution of the band’s sound. This album also features vocals, which is a dramatic shift for a band that is known primarily as an instrumental group. “We always had songs with vocals on past albums, but it took me a long time to remember how to sing again,” Martin said. “I wrote a bunch of vocal songs. We eventoured with Acid Mothers Temple with some of that stuff, but we ended up throwing most all of it out. And I just kept writing.” Martin wrote for three years before having enough material to record an album and heading back into the studio with producer Randall Dunn, who also recorded their last three records. Cosy Moments, the group’s sixth full length, is filled with Kinski’s dense, intricate and occasionally nearly deafening noise, a musical style that is almost completely contradictory to their album title. But even the band isn’t quite sure why they named the album Cosy Moments — a reference to a P.G. Wodehouse book “Psmith, Journalist” about a guy who is an editor of a leftist magazine called Cosy Moments. “I don’t know,” Martin said, “It just seemed to fit. The history of this record was anything but cozy. But we came back together and are playing as well as we ever have.”
Released: April 2, 2013
Kinski / Down Below It's Chaos - SP741
Kinski is a four-piece rock band from Seattle, WA. Their unique evocation of avant-rock is deconstructionist and heady, but also emotive and visceral. NME described Kinski as: “Like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge.” Comprised of guitarists Chris Martin and Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Matthew also plays keyboards and flute), bassist Lucy Atkinson, and drummer Barrett Wilke, Kinski have toured with Mission of Burma, Comets on Fire, Oneida, Mono, Acid Mothers Temple, Black Mountain, and most recently opened a month of dates for Tool on their spring ’07 tour. Produced and recorded by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Boris) at his Aleph Studio in Seattle, Down Below It’s Chaos is Kinski’s 3rd full-length for Sub Pop. With the notable inclusion of 3 songs with subdued yet urgent vocals courtesy of Chris Martin, the new record is a kaleidoscopic mix of Kinski’s expansive, over-driven power and intricate beauty. With majestically fuzzed-out guitar tones, spare and pounding rhythms, and swirling sonic textures, Down Below It’s Chaos sums up Kinski’s past and propels them into the ozone. What’s left of it, that is.
Released: August 21, 2007
Kinski / Airs Above Your Station - SP620
Kinski’s Sub Pop full-length debut! (This record was also released as a limited ed. double LP, by the fine folks at Strange Attractors Audio House.) New Sub Pop roster addition Kinski is a (mostly…) instrumental rock quartet from Seattle. By turns melodic, swelling, roaring, propulsive, and sparse, Kinski walks the margins of avant-rock (ref. High Rise, Sonic Youth, Bardo Pond, Mogwai, GYBE) with nods to Krautrock and a penchant for noisy psychedelia. Airs Above Your Station is Kinski’s third full-length (after the self-released Space Launch for Frenchie and 2001’s stunning Be Gentle with the Warm Turtle on Pacifico Recordings).
Release date: January 21, 2003
Released: 2003-01-21 (CD), 2003-01-23 (LP), 2003-01-21 (MP3s)
Kinski / Alpine Static - SP667
Combining avant-garde experimentalism picked up from their interest in composers like Terry Riley and Steve Reich with a fondness for ‘70s Krautrock pioneers like Ash Ra Tempel, and the gut-level thrust, heft and swing of Black Sabbath, the Groundhogs and ’60s/’70s Mexican psych band Los Dug Dug’s, Kinski have established themselves as Seattle’s foremost psych rock explorers. And, they have toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan, including tours with Mission of Burma, Oneida, Comets on Fire, Acid Mothers Temple and …Trail of the Dead. Blender magazine on their last album: “…they follow measured guitar burn with bone-rattling explosions, and roll mesmerizing tension into colossal release.”
Alpine Static is their second full-length for Sub Pop and finds the band capturing the explosive rush and emotional power of their live shows, where they range from sweeping, pastoral interludes through headlong, thunderous charges. Recorded in January of 2005, Alpine Static is an immediate, visceral record. On it, Kinski use riff, repetition, incremental layering, bursts of noise, sudden changes in pace and volume, all shot through with a sense of melody to provide new ways of seeing and feeling guitar-based rock.
But, more importantly than all that, Kinski manage to infuse experimental music with emotion and fun. What they offer and the source of their appeal is more a full-bore sensory thrill-ride than anything else. Kinski wants to take you to faraway places and show you exciting things. And Alpine Static is the key.
Release date: July 12, 2005
Released: July 12, 2005
Kinski / Kinski / Acid Mothers Temple - SP626
A four-song split release from Kinski and their friends Acid Mothers Temple, limited to 5000 copies on CD and 1000 on double-LP. After a December 2001 Japanese tour together, the two bands did a bit of home-recording together. Kinski’s Chris Martin in the record’s liner notes: “Months and months later, I sat down with the tapes and began mixing what seemed to be the most interesting 10 minutes of the session, which became ’It’s Nice to Hear Your Voice.’ Kawabata [Makoto] wanted to overdub onto my mix (along with Tsuyama, Acid Mothers’ bassist, who wasn’t at the original sessions) and the results are ‘Planet Crazy Gold.’ ‘Fell Asleep On Your Lawn’ and ‘Virginal Plane 5:23’ are new Kinski and Acid Mothers Temple tracks (respectively).”
This CD is limited to 5000 copies in the US.
1. Fell Asleep On Your Lawn (Kinski)
2. It’s Nice To Hear Your Voice (Kinski and Acid Mothers Temple)
3. Planet Crazy Gold (Kinski and Acid Mothers Temple)
4. Virginal Plane (Acid Mothers Temple)
Released: October 7, 2003
Kinski / Penthouse Suite/ Please Remain Seated - SP541
Clear vinyl. Art by Jesse LeDoux.
Released: May 22, 2001
Kinski / Dont Climb On and Take theHoly Water - SAAH022
1. Never Compete with Small Girls
2. The Misprint in the Gutenburg Print Shop
3. Crepes the Cheap
4. Bulky Knit Cheerleader Sweater
5. Theres Nothing Sexy About Time
Kinski’s 2002 debut Sub Pop release (not counting their 2001 contribution to the v.2 of the Sub Pop Singles Club), the Semaphore EP includes the song “Semaphore,” which later appeared on the band’s Jan. 2003 full-length Airs Above Your Station, a cover of “Point That Thing Somewhere Else” by The Clean, and two otherwise unreleased tracks.
Released: October 8, 2002