When an album from an artist called Coney Island Sound pops into your inbox, you don’t expect them to be from Newcastle, do you? I doubt there’s ever been an artist from Coney Island who’s called themselves North Shields Sound. But as a wise man once said, never judge a book by its cover. Or an artist by their name, or something like that. And actually, whenever you listen to the record, it all makes perfect sense. Coney Island Sound is descriptive. Klang! is pretty descriptive too.
This is an atmospheric compendium of blips, bloops and bleeps made at the seaside. Having already received airplay on various BBC radio stations including Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music breakfast show, and with a list of remixes from artists including Not Squares, Bitmap, Rory Friers (ASIWYFA) and Minotaur Shock, CIS is already making waves with Klang! It’s laid-back and light-hearted with enough going on that it’s never boring. CIS sound like a purely instrumental Postal Service or a more upbeat Boards Of Canada; there’s a real sense of warmth, a joyousness almost to this record (albeit a knowingly cool sense of joyousness).
If you can imagine a slideshow of New York holiday photos from your friendly neighbourhood hipster, this would be the perfect soundtrack to their vintage-tinted insta-snaps of neon lights, ice-creams and fairground rides. Klang! feels like it’s captured a moment – wistful, laid-back and steeped in nostalgia. You know when you’ve had a really good holiday and you want to tell everyone about it? This sounds like that.
Coney Island Sound – Klang! [Full Album Stream]
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