Interview: Mount Kimbie
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With the new Mount Kimbie album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, due to be released on the 28th May, one half of the team, Kai, spoke to us about what to expect from their new music. Let’s start with the basics, why are you called Mount Kimbie? Ha, well we didn’t really think we’d ever have to live with it for so long. There wasn’t a particular reason, it was just a dumb name we came up with, but we’re happy with it. Comparing your new sounds with the old, it seems like you’ve moved in a different direction with Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. If you had to name your own particular genre what would it be? Man I don’t know… The album name is kinda in a weird way something to do with genre, in that the five words sum up different parts of the album. But it’s a much broader record than the last one… We were a little bit more nervous last time so you naturally hold back a little bit. In a lot of respects we were much more confident in making this record and we felt able to just go for it really and be a bit more ambitious. It’s probably just as flawed as the last one but at least we tried something bigger, right? I know now you have a drummer and you’re working on improving your live set. Did tailoring the album to the live set play a big part when making the album? We tried to keep the idea of playing live out of mind: we didn’t want it to limit the album. Like some of the songs off the old album that we really didn’t think would work live ended up working best in the end. So we focused on the music that we liked instead and I think naturally the energy of that went into the songs we were writing and the structure of the songs. So now when we’ve been rehearsing this week we’ve found that they become much easier something that we want to play live. It quite naturally happened but we didn’t push it too much in that direction as we didn’t want it to be too much of a limit on what we actually do in the studio.
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