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KKKMO is a project obsessed with caves. Although this record was not recorded in a cave (the natural reverb would have destroyed the tight rhythms and precise balance of the music), it was inspired by a German cave. Are You Land Or Water is a low-slung, slightly seedy-vibed rock record, nicely put together. LP on House of Mythology.

Vinyl LP £16.99 HOM 001

Gatefold LP on House of Mythology aka Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O.

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Are You Land Or Water by KKKMO
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 09 May 2016

Tight rhythms, rockin’ basslines, post-punk atmospheres? It could only be a band of people obsessed with caving! Yes, cave-lovers KKKMO (Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O) were deeply inspired by the Barbarossa Cave, and the supposed palace it helms, for this record. I’m not sure I can tell, but ‘Are You Land Or Water’ certainly sounds like it’s pushing through territory -- in fact, from that first crunchy and Krauty jam, I kinda get the feeling I’m playing a really successful game of Cube Runner.

Released by the esteemed House of Mythology, ‘Are You Land Or Water’ is a ruminating monolith of a rock record -- it’s largely instrumental, and though it mostly sees a band jamming around a standard rock structure, it also sounds brushed by the wind, affected by little, barely audible flourishes in sound. “Saleph” could just be a slightly passive-aggressive Can jam if it wasn’t for the minute details that fill it up, expanding the room with their varying acoustic dynamics.

It’s the percussive thrust of this record that I love most -- those drums the little moments together, making the whole thing feel like an explorative excavation that simply must go on. There are grander surprises, though: the record’s title track brings in some clear, soft vocals and a dramatic piano line that could exist in a Cure record -- the track eventually implodes with ricocheting guitar solos before fading into the quiet of night. An exciting record that definitely does not do anything to ease my fear of caves.


Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O - "Are You Land or Water" Promo - YouTube


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