Kimone – Meres of Twilight

Kimone
Meres of Twilight

The ethereal sounds of Kimone have been compared to everyone from Radiohead to Sigur Ros, but I think Kimone’s sound is much more rooted in the United States musical scene, drawing elements from ethereal soundscape artists like Talk Talk and Ride and incorporating those sounds with hints of the aforementioned overseas acts. It’s a nice mix that works well, creating music that’s soft and lush one moment, driving and urgent the next.
Keyboards are a major factor of this Boston five-piece band’s sound. They create the swirling atmospherics and mix nicely with plenty of guitar effects. Lead singer Tim Den’s voice isn’t as melodic as Thom Yorke, but it works well with the music. The band’s best moments may be when they demonstrate some shoegazer qualities and lay in with the guitars.
The opening “In the Warmth of Meanings Redefined” starts off quieter but builds, with chiming keys and laid-back vocals underlying more urgent guitars that envelop the sound into something of a shoegazer style. That feeling is gone on the more chiming, laid-back “Barrierbarrierbarrier,” a pretty track that brings to mind National Skyline, a comparison that can also be drawn to the more spacey “Earthing.” The band has its very quiet, laid-back moments on which the keyboards take center stage, like “Shipwright” and “We Will Write.”
On songs like “Seats,” however, the band has its best moments. A twinkling, complicated, yet ethereal track, it’s unique and stands out from the bunch. And it flows nicely into the more orchestrated-feeling instrumental “Have Faith,” which rides soft piano for an almost Godspeed You Black Emperor feel. The band reaffirms their guitar focus on “Desert Age,” and they combine guitars and keys effortlessly on the vibrant and powerful “Young Adults,” another stellar track to close the album.
As bands hone their skills and talent, I’ve noticed many go in a more pretty and complicated direction. Kimone play lovely yet compelling music better than most. The songs soar at times and recede into quiet, lovely moments at others. They’re complicated yet vibrant and visceral. This is a stellar debut full-length from a band that has tremendous potential.