A Yak with Mount Kimbie
The Vulture recently caught up with post-dub pioneers Mount Kimbie ahead of their Australian tour in May, and if their phone-etiquette is anything to go by, we’re in for a set of extremely professional shows. After touring for nearly two years, Mount Kimbie have finally taken time out to write for a new album, which according to Kai Campos, is a new direction for the duo.
“We’re writing at the moment for our new album. It’s the first time we’ve had to write since our last album came out (Crooks & Lovers 2010). It’s going good, and it’s sounding different. Very different. When we visit Melbourne we’re going to be playing some new stuff and of course some old stuff, but I guess it changes every time. Although next time we come to Australia we should have a few more than two people, it’s in the early stages at the moment, but that’s the plan.”
If you’ve been lucky enough to see Mount Kimbie live you’ll know just how well they utilize the venue’s space to create their atmospheric electronica, but The Vulture was also curious as to how much theoretical work goes into the studio side of Mount Kimbie.
“I did have theory lessons but I was never very good at it. It’s an interesting discussion about how much technical and theoretical knowledge can be a help or hindrance. I think I’m happy with the amount that I know, but I’m also happy that there’s a lot that I don’t know. If I learn to properly use something I usually lose interest in using it. I’m still happy to, kind of, stumble around in the dark. It’s an easier way to get closer to something that you want to say in your own original way.”
Originality must be something that comes naturally for Mount Kimbie. If you’re unfamiliar, just check out their performance at Abbey Road Studios.
Their Crooks and Lovers album was praised by the likes of Pitchfork for its genre-bending innovativeness, and The Vulture was interested as to which new acts Mount Kimbie believed would be successful this year:
“There’s this band called King Krule I’m excited about. They’re taking it slow at the moment I think which is probably a good idea. I really like the sound of King Krule. There’s also another British band called Kindness who I caught at SXSW last week. Their stuff is really well-written.”
Mount Kimbie play as part of the Hi Fi Shoreline series. Tickets
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04/05/12 Mount Kimbie in SYDNEY at THE HI FI Buy tickets