Kinoteki
Faith and the Vessel


3.8
excellent

Review

by Erwann S. STAFF
January 14th, 2024 | 16 replies


Release Date: 01/05/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the future has failed us but that doesn't stop me from dancing!!!

Someone else's good times seen through the window of Burial's McDonald's. Wanna rave but my limbs didn't make it into this plane -- HughPuddles

yeah

NYC's Kinoteki came to prominence from 2022 onwards, but mostly with last year's Dawn of the Final Hour, whose melancholia-filled franticity filled the rotten heart of cynic ass-shaking sadbois aplenty (see above). Exactly one year later, Faith and the Vessel maintains the bedroom electronicz in a concept record that takes the "skittering footwork jungle with Burial vocal snippets" to a less frenzy and more breezy approach.

That's what mainly separates Faith and the Vessel from its predecessor: it's way keener to rely on the atmospheric side of Kinoteki's music. The soundscape is a deep dive into hauntological introspection carried by ethereal synths and a nocturnal vibe that couples well with the same ghosts-of-urban-past style of vocal sampling that early dubstep patented. Despite the less breaks-dominated method than last year's record, some rhythmic meat still supports the doomer aesthetic, mostly ricocheting footwork rhythms, the occasional jungle breaks, and some UK bass wobbles. This whole aesthetic - whose intrinsic futuristic characteristics embrace genres of the not-so-distant past - is embodied in a storyline whose retrofuturistic escapism depicts a dystopian world where people try to find a way to escape from reality - pick your favourite sci-fi work to pop into your mind NOW. What transpires between the lines of the Bandcamp description of the album is the confrontation between what is, what was, and what never will be; Kinoteki's nostalgia likewise lies halfway between the romanticization of the city as it should have been and abhorrence for what it failed to become, thus invoking the failure of the future, or rather, the nostalgia for a future that was never given the right to be born. Society if meme jokes aside, the space of modern humankind is the big city, whose sleeplessness transforms it more and more into a hypnotic, blurry figure made of always-consuming interchangeable NPCs that just cannot slow down. Sure, Kinoteki alludes that he likes to think humankind can thrive in an environment that doesn't require such a detachment from one's mental health to provide for one's physical needs - but aren't we all vessels to such a faith, and don't we (and the IPCC) all know what steps it would require to transform society as such profoundly?

phew, ok thanks but what does this sound like?

In the end, Kinoteki's Faith and the Vessel really is just a lite footwork record whose tendencies to the dreamy side of its jiggity rhythms are justified by a loose hypnagogic dystopian concept. My personal [s]shortcomings[/s] preferences aren't my sole reason for loving Faith and the Vessel - its contemplative approach especially shines on slow-burners like the delicate "Foreverfaith". Its off-kilter juke rhythms also still do their job of maketh asses to shake and feet to tap, even though they are now always accompanied by these ghostly vocals ("Struggle (But I'll Try"). It also benefits from a more compact and digestible package - even if this sacrifices boom-boomism that characterized Dawn…. While some might (rightfully?) see this as a regression and withdrawal to a tighter sphere of influence, to me, Faith and Vessel gains in coherence and feels less like a hotchpotch of many (very cool) things and more like an artistic of what's to come in the future. Said future might not be what Kinoteki expected, but it will still be his own.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
dedex
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2024


12780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

AOTY (so far lel)



MANY thanks to Johnny for helping me make sense of this messy messy word stuff!!

SteakByrnes
January 14th 2024


29726 Comments


gotta hit this, hopefully its cool like the one from last year. nice review dedex bro homie

Purpl3Spartan
January 14th 2024


8507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I quite liked this nice rev.



This is much more mellow than the previous one but a good time nonetheless

dedex
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2024


12780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

aye thanks babes !



It is much more mellow yeah !!

Orb
January 15th 2024


9341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Absolutely smashing review. Checkin this asap!

dedex
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2024


12780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

thx orb n yeah czech dis asap!!!

hogan900
January 15th 2024


3313 Comments


This slaps

Purpl3Spartan
January 16th 2024


8507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah

dedex
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2024


12780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

ye



JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2024


60270 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh fuck I forgot to check in - love how smoothly this reads now, knew you'd end up smashing this! will have to check in with the album again though, still think my prevailing reaction was wanting to jam DOTFH again

normaloctagon
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2024


3954 Comments


Cool!!!

dedex
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2024


12780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

thx johnny :] n yeah occy jam dis!!!

someone
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2024


6570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah melikes

parksungjoon
March 22nd 2024


47231 Comments


rashad in the recommended 🙏

Purpl3Spartan
March 22nd 2024


8507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Based

Purpl3Spartan
April 4th 2024


8507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first track on this still bangs



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