* * * * * Fighting Kites / Broken Shoulder - Split [ EP ]* * * * *

2011-10-17 06:02:35 UTC


North London’s Fighting Kites formed in their definitive 4-piece line-up in 2009. Despite minimal output (two self-released demos) and zero press, their looping, layered, soulful art-rock waltzes won them the attention of promoters like Upset The Rhythm and Gravid Hands and they found themselves on bills in London, Belgium and Los Angeles with the likes of Male Bonding, Nisennenmondai, Shield Your Eyes, Benjamin Shaw and Nitkowski.

What makes FK hard to define is the absence of that which generally characterises modern instrumental rock music, the “quiet-loud” dynamic, “epic soundscapes” or bloated dissonance. FK’s music simply has a unique, infectious and often overwhelming beauty. Scattered layers with melody reminiscent of ‘Rather Ripped’ period Sonic Youth, warmth akin to that of ‘Rock Action’ Mogwai, the unconventional artistry of alt. neoclassical artists like Lucky Dragons and the innovation typical of labels like Kranky.

Broken Shoulder, although an alias for FK founder Neil Debnam, is a different beast entirely. This project began when Debnam broke his shoulder (ahh!) and found himself unable to perform with the group. This led to him toying with the abstract dirges and minimalist lo-fi electronic music (LO-TRON) that would define the Broken Shoulder sound…effectively creating an ugly sister to his work with FK. He released his acclaimed ‘BROKEN SHOULDERRR’ debut through Audio Antihero in March 2011. It was hailed by The 405 as “an instant classic” and described by one reviewer as “the sound of the summer but at a sub-atomic level.”

‘Split’ is a powerfully contrasting record; the lively and majestic build of Part 1 clashes heavily with the darkness of Part 2. There are points where FK let loose and soar while Broken Shoulder hypnotises with guttural rumbles, glitchy murmurs and crushing buzz. The EP’s building sense of suffocation still leaves you hanging in uncertainty on just one warm note.


And here goes something you don't want to miss, especially on a "Math-rock" note. [ Fighting Kites ] is AWESOME and so is [ Broken Shoulder ] by the way. Check them out...

< < < < < [ Bandcamp ] | [ Twitter ] [ Fighting Kites FaceBook ] | [ Broken Shoulder FaceBook ] > > > > > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Fighting Kites / Broken Shoulder Album - Split EP [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2011 Genre - Post-rock, Experimental, Instrumental, Math-rock [ EXCELLENT ] Tracklist 01. Fighting Kites - Wojtek The Bear [00.03:13] 02. Fighting Kites - FR. [00.04:14] 03. Fighting Kites - Cat is Egg [00.03:22] 04. Fighting Kites - Conquers [00.03:50] 05. Broken Shoulder - Exciting Times [00.05:19] 06. Broken Shoulder - Organomegaly [00.06:22] 07. Broken Shoulder - Shark Island [00.08:34] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fighting Kites / Broken Shoulder - Split EP -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendations: The Constellation Branch | Radio Flyer | The Unbelievable Noisy Quartet [ T.U.N.Q. ] | Lybria | Made Out Of Babies -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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