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.
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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.
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