Album review: White Hinterland - 'Kairos' (Dead Oceans)

The alchemist strikes again

Album review: White Hinterland - 'Kairos' (Dead Oceans)

8 / 10 The jazzy singer-songwriterisms of Casey Dienel’s debut, ‘Wind-Up Canary’, gave no preparation for the baroque worlds conjured by her reinvention as White Hinterland on 2008’s ‘Phylactery Factory’. Equally, those who delighted in unravelling that knotty, brilliant album will emerge dazed and blinking into the wide spaces and sweet melodies of ‘Kairos’. It finds inspiration in R&B, krautrock, ambient and trip-hop. ‘Moon Jam’ chants from the same electro-dreampop spellbook as School Of Seven Bells, while ‘No Logic’ and ‘Bow & Arrow’ don tribal rhythms strongly reminiscent of ’80s 4AD tribal-goth witches Dead Can Dance. It’s the perfect, spring-cleansing album.

Emily Mackay

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