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Kings of Convenience: Riot on an Empty Street

first_imgThey told us Quiet is the New Loud in 2001. Now, the Kings of Convenience are back with their Riot on an Empty Street. As the title might suggest, the vibe hasn’t changed. The record opens with ‘Homesick’, its fuzzy, layered vocals and lilting guitar setting effectively the hazy tone for the rest of the album. With the next track, ‘Misread’, we move swiftly from a folk feel to the gentle groove of lounge music. After another few tracks of sleepy introduction, the pace picks up and ‘I’d Rather Dance with You’, a lo-fi pop ditty whose naively expressed sentiments cannot help but endear the listener, provides a mid-album wake up call. Lyrically, the album is based in narrative and notably self-conscious; “Space for us to shake in here like this tune” At times, this can seem prosaic, even stilted, but it sits well as a neat contrast with the dreamy quality of the music. One of the standout tracks of this record is definitely its finale, ‘The Build Up’, with guest vocals by Leslie Feist, whose voice, strong but resonating with the warmth of such emotionally powerful artists as Jeff Buckley, soars over the simple instrumental. With her debut release Let it Die, the climax of her already rich musical history, out in the UK from 28 June, Feist is definitely worth keeping an eye on. All in all, this album may not be entirely what you’re used to listening to. Saying that, however, it’s well worth a listen and would certainly make a great soundtrack to some slow motion summer sun.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more