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I missed the first KXP album ‘cause I’m lazy and contrary to popular belief don’t actually listen to every new album on the day of its release, but I just stuck their new one on the stereo and we’re getting acquainted. This Finnish trio play a really slick brand of experimental synthpop that’ll appeal to fans of The Knife or M83. On first listen I’m particularly enjoying the pulsing Doctor Who synths and Omen vocals of ‘In The Valley’, and the anthemic ‘Flags & Crosses’ is a fist-pumper worthy of John Maus.
There’s plenty of drawn out repeato grooves and dark touches that keep it from heading too far towards the aforementioned M83’s worst cheesy ‘80s pop revivalism excesses, with some canny uses of unusual sounds like water droplets and chirping crickets alongside some sample madness and well-handled classic synths which in their most indulgent moments remind me a little of contemporary synth-rockers like Apparat Organ Quartet or Survive. There’s bits of rock, techno and europop swirling around in here but it’s all approached from a playfully irreverent angle with a streak of darkness that keeps it from ever getting too cloyingly cheesy.
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