Mount Kimbie “Crooks & Lovers” | Hotflush Recordings
“Before I Move Off” instantly became one of my favorite tracks of the year. The soft, glowing reverb across what sounds like harp strings is haunting. The bleeps that spread themselves in between the sparse melodies create hypnotic pecking’s that keep the listener twitching or kind of sort of dancing. As the track picks up and brings itself into full circle, the guitar loop remains. The bass melodically shifts with minute progressions that feel just like getting into a hot tub at the end of a depressing day.
“Tunnelvision” has such a wonderful shuffle to it accompanied by soft guitar strums that simultaneously turn into hollow, vocal melodies. It plays with the idea of a nostalgic, gorgeous dance party. “Would Know” has a deliciously crispy aspect, and not only because of the vinyl dust delight, but because of the choice of oceanic growth throughout the track that bounce around creating an undeniable safe haven for the listener. “Carbonated” is a whisper that clicks on the roof of your mouth. It has a melody that plays with childhood experience and absence of responsibility.
Strangely, the album reminds me of San Francisco, the climate, the hills, the fog nestled in between the city. It reminds me of the cold, but a sort of comfortable, hazed over cold. White, clean, crispy, and simplistic. So much is being offered with “Crooks & Lovers” in such a compact and intimate way. It is a dance in your room album, a dance party over white sheets on foggy days. I love how personal the album can be, how emotional the minimal two-step game can become. Mount Kimbie will be releasing another album on Warp Records soon, and I am very excited to see what comes next.