KANGA
You And I Will Never Die


4.0
excellent

Review

by Simon K. STAFF
March 25th, 2021 | 30 replies


Release Date: 03/26/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You and I Will Never Die is a bloody good time.

In a lot of ways, You and I Will Never Die is almost indistinguishable from The Birthday Massacre’s industrial-synth-pop amalgam; the high-gloss production, dark, synthetic trills, and KANGA’s haunted, ethereal croons make the connection an obvious one – even if KANGA’s execution is a shade bleaker. It would, however, be a disservice to solely point this out though, not just because the comparison is almost certainly incidental, but because there’s a lot more to unpack here that makes her stand out from her peers. KANGA’s influences are so obviously displayed on her sleeve; the balance of darkwave, trance, and 80s/90s pop and industrial are impressively pieced together, converging to form this thoroughly satisfying experience. You and I Will Never Die’s fantastic production brings a Hollywood cinema vibe to the forefront of these tracks. Songs like “Moscow”, “Home” and “Say Goodbye” elicit a derivative, grimy EBM backdrop, but their inimitability stems from an aesthetic that echoes Nicolas Winding Refn’s fantastic thriller, Drive. Indeed, a lot of the vibe from Cliff Martinez’s score for Drive is rooted at the heart of this record. To put it more bluntly, You and I Will Never Die takes on this kind of neo-industrial sound and makes it the middle-ground, while she fearlessly utilising ideas from retro mainstream pop music – ala Madonna – and the more modern synthwave craze akin to Perturbator.

The results are exhilarating, albeit not necessarily all that unique. However, the main reason it all works so well is because it’s the clever way in which KANGA pragmatically unifies her influences. Like Martinez’s score; there’s a dreamlike quality to You and I Will Never Die which is authenticated by KANGA’s lullaby approach to vocals. The warbling electronics and synthetic drum snaps, coupled with KANGA’s penchant for softly elongating notes as she sings, creates this gossamer-like quality to the compositions. The central genius to the tracks here lies in their breeziness – a duality that is both intricate and elemental in execution. On the surface, songs sound simple and stripped down, but if you hone in on what’s actually going on, there’s a multi-layered tale being presented within each piece. If there was a criticism to be found here it’s that maybe KANGA recycles ideas a little too often, making the music come across homogenised on occasions. It’s not a glaring problem, but by the time you get to “Waiting” the feeling this could have been trimmed down to thirty-or-so-minutes is apparent. Still, after all is said and done, this is a fantastic album. Its cinematic presentation, cohesive neon-charged mood, and catchy pop-meets-NIN sensibilities make it a thrilling ride. If you’re looking for a sound that lakes around The Birthday Massacre ethos, a solid electro-pop album, or you’re just looking for something that languishes in the neo-80’s zeitgeist with a twist, You and I Will Never Die will cater to your every need.

FORMAT//EDITIONS:
DIGITAL//CD

ALBUM STREAM//PURCHASE:
https://kanga.bandcamp.com/album/you-and-i-will-never-die




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Nocte
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2021


14070 Comments


You staffers and your future albums again : ]

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ieatbabies795
March 25th 2021


812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sweet I’m glad someone here reviewed this, I’m hyped for this

ieatbabies795
March 25th 2021


812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

“KANGA’s influences are so obviously displayed on her sleeve;”

“there’s a lot more to unpack here that makes her stand out from her peers.”

“You and I Will Never Die’s fantastic production brings a Hollywood cinema vibe to the forefront of these tracks“



This nailed how I was feeling about the singles, very cinematic and what she does she does it well.

ieatbabies795
March 25th 2021


812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Okay I’m listening to the stream on revolver and I think this is her best yet. Ritual City just doesn’t do it for me tho, the chorus is p good but everything else on that song is a letdown

Home and Touch might be my favs so far



Edit: i take it back, Ritual City has grown on me a lot this album is killer

Ashtiel
March 25th 2021


1138 Comments


learned about this artist through a shoutout by Kris (King Woman) on Twitter. v. excited to dig into this album.

DadKungFu
March 26th 2021


1149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Feeling this pretty strongly, might bump it up to a 4 after a few listens

DadKungFu
March 26th 2021


1149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Most of these tracks would slay live

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2021


24306 Comments


"learned about this artist through a shoutout by Kris (King Woman) on Twitter" [2]

Doc's review came first but yeah, Kris' shoutout seals the deal, gotta check this.

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BallsToTheWall
March 26th 2021


50351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sold as soon as I saw TBM mentioned.

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TVC15
March 26th 2021


10844 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh shit I completely forgot this is dropping tomorrow HYPED



Edit: Just listened to it and it absolutely slaps

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bloc
March 26th 2021


65499 Comments


If TBM was mentioned I will have to jump on this

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ieatbabies795
March 26th 2021


812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Violence is banger!

candycoated
March 26th 2021


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

everything I wanted Sky Ferreira to be in 2013 but 100x better

DadKungFu
March 26th 2021


1149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^^

NorthernSkylark
March 27th 2021


11301 Comments


New sky Ferreira will trash this some day ^^

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NorthernSkylark
March 27th 2021


11301 Comments


I miss my brother

BallsToTheWall
March 27th 2021


50351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Might be sexiest album cover of the year.

ieatbabies795
March 27th 2021


812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sexiest album of the year [x2]

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2021


5429 Comments


Randomly clicked and got hooked instantly.

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gryndstone
March 28th 2021


1986 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Moscow is so good!!



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