Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
Kings Of Convenience : Quiet Is The New Loud
Well, that's a mighty bold statement...
Amazingly, it never comes. 'Quiet Is The New Loud' forges triumph from stolidly primitivist values by pulling the same soft-focus folk tricks that anguished men on stools have done for the past 40 years, only better. To mark KOC out as flagbearers for any movement seems faintly absurd; at times the vibe is one of virtual inertia, and Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye are content to describe endless sonic circles with their twin guitars. Yet the simplistic beauty and starry-eyed harmonies of 'Failure' or 'Little Kids' justify this kind of flaxen traditionalism.
Influences are touted without disguise (Nick Drake constantly; Belle & Sebastian on the brass flourishes of 'Singing Softly To Me'; 'Wonderwall', oddly, during 'Weight Of My Words') but with such tangible love that it's genuinely moving.
Of course, quiet isn't really the new loud. In the heat of the battle, though, it can be a stealth bomber.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin