Kinski, Be Gentle With The Warm Turtle

Tim Chester

By Tim Chester

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Guitar-abusing drone from Pacific Northwest post-rock explorers.

Kinski were allegedly first formed in a pub when bartender and drummer Dave Weeks heard two people discussing the merits of digital vs. analog and butted in to declare the latter ruled. At the time of this release (their second album) Kinski weren't aware of the great things that lay ahead of them. Their next album would be recorded for Sub Pop and a tour and split release with legendary Japanese psych freaks Acid Mothers Temple beckoned. Listening to this early album demonstrates why they got so much attention. "New India" is an intense eight minutes of the kind of guitar-abusing drone that Kawabato Makoto and his cohorts in AMT have made their name upon; "One Ear in the Sun" boasts a guitar wallop that comes out of nowhere before getting lost in swaths of feedback. This merits repeated listens.