MOUNT KIMBIE with Smerz
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:00 PM PDT
(8:00 PM Doors)
Star Theater, Portland, OR
21 years and over
Love What Survives is the third studio album from Mount Kimbie. It is a melodic yet robust electronic record for driving with the windows down and a distillation of their career to date, mixing multiple singing voices and musical personalities, flirting with freeform experimentation, pop tropes and an expansive sonic palette.
As the title suggests the record is the product of three years of intense creative development, continually honed by the duo writing and rewriting their ideas to form something wholly idiosyncratic and personal. It brings together the voices of their close friends and collaborators - who together represent a corner of the UK's young artistic talent - James Blake, Micachu and King Krule, within the immersive, unique atmosphere of a Mount Kimbie album. It's the most confident statement of intent from the boundary-pushing duo yet, and an embodiment of their career-long musical progression.
Making this album, says Kai Campos - who along with Dominic Maker is Mount Kimbie - "was about taking away everything that had been successful for us before." Love What Survives was made mostly on just two vintage synths, a Korg MS-20, and a Korg Delta. Both instruments have what Kai describes a "punk and janky, Robert Wyatt quality". With an industrial character and a direct playing style, these synths pushed Mount Kimbie toward their bold new sound.
Their continual forward motion has positioned them as one of the UK's most progressive and respected artists. Their central role in the birthing of the so-called "post-dubstep" sound initially inspired a generation of electronic producers around the turn of the decade, and has more recently crossed over to some of the biggest US artists. Their Crooks & Lovers standout 'Adriatic' found new life in Chance the Rapper and Justin Bieber's 2016 song 'Juke Jam', while Dom worked with James Blake on production for multiple tracks on JAY-Z's forthcoming album, as well as further productions on currently unannounced projects.
Despite the weight of this influence, the band are still far from categorizable. Love What Survives only adds to their reputation, proving the band are as vital as ever and offering no clues as to where their thrilling evolution might visit next.