Mount Kimbie
Cold Spring Fault Less Youth


3.5
great

Review

by Jonny Hunter CONTRIBUTOR (103 Reviews)
May 27th, 2013 | 45 replies | 6,559 views


Release Date: 05/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not as dramatic a change as Mount Kimbie would have us believe: Cold Spring Fault Less Youth would have made a fantastic EP.

Genres are flowers and Mount Kimbie is a bee buzzing between them on its quest for nectar. Mount Kimbie is both a bad and a good bee: on one hand it flies all over the electronic flower field, skirting from darker dubstep petals to tattered glitch plants and the washed out leaves of trip hop, and on the other it never settles long enough to really collect anything. The hive queen isn’t too happy about this, as all she wants is for the bee to make its mind up and supply her with a constant, coherent identity. The indecisiveness is vexing if not too much for her to cope with, but the bee doesn’t give a ***: it’s just having a good time.

With Cold Spring Fault Less Youth the queen can relax somewhat as Mount Kimbie have finally settled on their own special Mount Kimbie flower. No more imitation and no more shifts of style: according to a recent interview at least. A promising statement, though one doing a huge disservice to their earlier releases, which owed much of their popularity to their uniqueness. “Taps,” a track styled off dripping water, comes to mind as something difficult to class as imitation. People will say anything to drum up hype it seems, even to the point of downplaying previously excellent material.

It’s also fairly misleading, as Cold Spring Fault Less Youth fits very snugly into Mount Kimbie’s pre-existing catalogue. The smooth, trip-hop beats have been explored before, and although this album bears little significance to 2010’s Crooks and Lovers you’d end up with something resembling their debut EP if you mixed the two together. This is Mount Kimbie minus the glitch: trading cuts and samples for liquid flow and doped up vibes.

“Break Well” is possibly the best example when playing spot-the-difference between both LPs. The entirely synth led introduction progresses without a hint of percussion for the first two thirds like a palette cleanser instead of a build up, but when it fades out and we expect Mount Kimbie to start chopping they follow through with a very danceable, minute-long burst of fun. Naked synths and minimal percussion are allowed to progress naturally until pure groove is pulled from a bass guitar riff to top it off. Straightforward as it may be, it’s catchy in all the ways denied to them when they still carried their IDM baggage. Inoffensive summer music done right, in other words.

King Krule offers an invaluable performance on his two appearances, with his deliberate drawl delivery drawling like never before. His contribution to “You Took Your Time” creates the high point of the album as his emotional vocals echo off a superbly wonky synth background. Selective percussion builds the track further and King Krule’s lyrics do their part with suitably dichotomic lines. “I was not born to be taught, I was born to be exposed in the storm and held warm” is both antagonistic and resigned: a sentiment mirrored in Mount Kimbie’s reserved approach to uplifting music. It’s a track as angry as it as relaxing, and a complete success for Mount Kimbie in their hope for an even more unique sound.

Cold Spring Fault Less Youth comes off the boil towards the end when tracks fail to progress beyond three minute jams, but the style and technicality prevent this from becoming too much of a downer for Mount Kimbie’s second LP outing. It does feel like filler at times though, so perhaps the album would have worked a lot better as an EP instead of a full length. Nevertheless, the good outweighs the bad, so while we don’t have a perfect album we still have one which adequately showcases Mount Kimbie’s new approach. Whether they stick with this style is another question entirely: it still might not be unique enough.



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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2013



2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Original: http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/2013/05/album-review-mount-kimbie-cold-spring.html

"Glitch" used as a style in context here, not as the genre - if that makes sense.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2013



7326 Comments


I love the intro to this

treeqt.
May 27th 2013



9704 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Couldn't agree more with the summary.

Digging: Luigi Nono - A Pierre; Quando stanno morendo;

Sleaper
May 27th 2013



3364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the king krule tracks...So bloody chill.
never thought id see the day when i say something good about the kid.

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2013



15016 Comments


i havent heard this but what do you have against king krule bro

Rev
May 27th 2013



9408 Comments


great review


jonny i need your 2013 list

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2013



2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man.

I'm at an interview/training day thing today, so I won't be able to get round to plugging everything in the database till tomorrow (it's about 95% new stuff). It'll probably end up as two lists split by genre anyway, so go knows how long it will take. Effort, gah!

EaglesBecomeVultures
May 28th 2013



5224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

aww hell yeahhh

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2013



3442 Comments


YEAH

may listen to this, but I've got a shit ton on my docket (not least of which includes figuring out what exactly people have been wanking over with the new Sorrow LP) so I may have to wait

EaglesBecomeVultures
May 28th 2013



5224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

new sorrow is dope too

treeqt.
May 28th 2013



9704 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fact

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2013



3442 Comments


Trying to figure it out for myself, gonna listen to it at least a few more times

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 29th 2013



2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

New Sorrow's good, like the best the guy's done, but I wouldn't expect to get your mind blown or anything. It's just really fucking chill.

Keyblade
May 29th 2013



14701 Comments


nah dude it's really fucking good

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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
May 29th 2013



2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tracks like Intruder are insane, but currently I'm not really rating the Submerse-sounding stuff too highly.

mindleviticus
May 30th 2013



8220 Comments


"Glitch" used as a style in context here, not as the genre - if that makes sense.


I don't get it

scissorlocked
May 30th 2013



3509 Comments


awesome review man though I think this deserves a higher rating

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Rev
May 30th 2013



9408 Comments


i still can't get over how for the longest time i thought their name was mount kimble

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2013



6438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is sooooo good, ugh.

“Break Out” is possibly the best example when playing spot-the-difference between both LPs.

You mean Break Well.

And I read the interviews. I wouldn't say they're downplaying their older stuff, just that they're more comfortable now with their own skills as instrumentalists.

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Tupik
June 23rd 2013



671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like this a lot more than their last one, I love the feel the vocals give to the tracks.

Digging: Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]



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