Following their recent signing to FatCat, the challengingly-titled
‘KAUA'I O'O A'A’ sees Gentle Friendly step up a level with a fantastic new album, and their first release in over two years. Punchy, restlessly energetic and densely-detailed, it is a cracking, insistent little record and sounds like little else being made right now. Gentle Friendly are the London-based duo of David Maurice and Richard Manber, whose penchant for circular melodies, tidal fuzz and rapid junked rhythms is delivered via an austere instrumental setup of vocals, Casio MT-40 keyboard and drums (sometimes electronic), alongside an array of tapes and electronics.
Driven relentlessly forward by Manber’s bustling, frenetic beats and Maurice’s distinctive vocal phrasing - clipped, overlaid, structurally repetitive, informed by his creative writing practice - the record is a snarling, bustling, expansive sprawl . Urgent and insistent; adventurously skewed and complex while underpinned by strong melodic hooks, you might catch glimpses of the visceral sonic / rhythmic chaos of early Animal Collective; the fractured melodic sensibility of punk experimentalists like Wire and This Heat; as well as hearing the influence of the loop-based electronics and sample experimentation of post-rock pioneers like Disco Inferno and Seefeel or more modern dance splinter genres like juke / footwork and wonky. The band also cite the influences of Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike, Black Dice, Boredoms, Guided By Voices, La Dusseldorf and The Minutemen.
released July 8, 2014
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