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Psychedelic/Space Rock • United States


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Kinski are a instrumental band influenced by different genres and bands most notably Minimalism, Krautrock, Stoner, Post-Rock and Metal bands and artists. Chris Martins, Lucy Atkinson and Dave Weeks spontaneously met in a Seattle pub. The band then started to play live and released their 1999 debut, "Space Launch for Frenchie" as a trio. They later kept playing in a live setting, but with the addition of the fourth member, Matthew Reid Schwartz, the band started experimenting with new sounds and ideas. Their first release as a quartet was in 2001 with their sophomore album, "Be Gentle With the Warm Turtle". Two years later they released their third album, "Airs Above your Station". In 2003 the band also recorded a split EP with Acid Mothers Temple and opened up a new fan base. In 2004 Kinski took whole different direction with their sound with the album "Don't Climb on and Take the Holy Water". Their sound is calmer, less guitar oriented and more drug influenced than their previous and later releases and assured their position as "Seattle's foremost psych rock explorers". After the calm came the storm and in 2005 they released "Alpine Static", their heaviest, rawest and energetic album Kinski released. The distorted guitars are on front on this album creating a wall of sound and improvisations.

Recommended for fans of modern Psych Rock, Space Rock, Krautrock and Post-rock. There's a Kinski album for every genre mentioned, without being derivative of course.

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Discography:
1999 "SpaceLaunch for Frenchie" private release
2001 "Be Gentle with The Warm Turtle"
2002 "Semaphore" EP
2003 "Airs Above Your Station"
2003 KINSKI / ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Split release
2004 "Guess I'm Falling in Love / Hiding Drugs in the Temple" 7" single
2005 "Don't Climb on and Take The Holy Water"
2005 "Alpine Static"

Appearances on compilations:
2001 "Symphony for Heartbreak"
2001 "Monster in the Garden"
2002 "Crickets and Fireflies"
2002 "Get Yer Pots Out"
2002 "Don't Shoot The Toy Piano Player - Live from WFMU"
2002 "Infecting The Galaxy One Planet at A Time"
2003 "Rock Reborn"
2003 "Rock Sound (Volume 48)"
2004 "Rough Trade Shops - Best of 2003"
2004 "Shanti Project 3"
2004 "M...
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3.50 | 2 ratings
SpaceLaunch for Frenchie
1999
4.00 | 3 ratings
Be Gentle with The Warm Turtle
2001
3.84 | 6 ratings
Airs Above Your Station
2003
2.99 | 6 ratings
Don't Climb on and Take The Holy Water
2004
1.71 | 3 ratings
Alpine Static
2005
3.00 | 3 ratings
I Didn't Mean To Interrupt Your Beautiful Moment
2006
2.96 | 4 ratings
Down Below It's Chaos
2007

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Crickets and Fireflies
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Guess I'm Falling in Love / Hiding Drugs in The Temple
2004
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Berlin
2007

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 Don't Climb on and Take The Holy Water by KINSKI album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.99 | 6 ratings

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Don't Climb on and Take The Holy Water
Kinski Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars When a quartet named Kinski loses its drummer, it makes perfect sense (at least to cinema buffs) that the remaining trio would continue to gig under the provisional alias 'Herzog'. The pseudonym was a nod of course to film director Werner Herzog, frequently at odds with his leading man of five features, the maniacal Klaus Kinski.

"I had to domesticate the wild beast", Herzog once said about the actor he named "my best fiend". And in musical terms that's not a bad analogy for this 2004 album: a collection of brief studio doodles bracketing a long, concert improvisation, all played without the impetus and punch of a full rhythm section.

The playful album and track titles ("Bulky Knit Cheerleader Sweater" being the standout, in a manner of speaking) are all Dada non-sequiturs typical of Post Rock. But the music itself, minus the relentless drive of other Kinski efforts, is pure Krautrock minimalism filtered through a sieve of Pacific Northwest Grunge: an ideal blend for musicians who sculpt their sounds instead of compose them.

The stunted handful of shorter tracks, possibly included to pad an abbreviated EP to full album length, are little more than formless (some would say aimless) rehearsal jams, hardly long enough to have any sort of impact. Which leaves the centerpiece of the collection, "The Misprint in the Gutenberg Print Shop": a modest ambient drone-fest dragged out beyond 29-minutes, in spirit recalling early TANGERINE DREAM circa "Alpha Centauri", but leaning harder on electric guitar textures.

The long track, recorded live, ends in several minutes of near-subliminal tranquility, broken finally by an excited "Fuck, yeah!!" shouted from the back of the room (it sounds like appreciation, but might have been relief). Your own reaction may not be quite so enthusiastic, but give the music time to grow on you.

I suspect the band, under whatever name they choose to play, would agree with the famous Werner Herzog observation that "civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness". What you'll hear in this set could be the soundtrack to that maxim, but with a little patience and lot of replays you might find the pearl at the bottom of the abyss.

 Be Gentle with The Warm Turtle by KINSKI album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Be Gentle with The Warm Turtle
Kinski Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Any fan of Neuer Deutscher Film will take notice of a band name-checking Klaus Kinski. And be thrilled to find that their music, like the volatile actor himself, is equally enigmatic, unpredictable, often violent, and sometimes surprisingly beautiful.

The Seattle-based quartet is currently listed in these Archives as a Psychedelic/Space Rock group, but that's only a (minor) slice of their full musical spectrum. Other elements are more conspicuous: Post Rock noise; west coast Grunge (hardly unexpected, given their home town); Krautrock repetition. In other words, nothing remotely like what we all recognize (but have trouble defining) as Progressive Rock.

The band's mostly instrumental second album is an exercise in opposition, contrasting moments of distorted twin-guitar fury with interludes of uneasy ambient calm. The opening "Space Launch for Frenchie" (the goofy title is a Post Rock trait shared with their kindred spirits in MOGWAI) balances relaxing atmospherics against some oddly unsettling guitar reverb, ebbing and flowing directly into the majestic fuzzed-out anthem "New India".

Which in turn brilliantly sets up "Newport", the only true song on the album: a noose-tight dynamo of post-NEU! motorik propulsion designed to worm its way under your skin. Note the evocative film-noir lyrics, so terse they're worth quoting in full:

Run / To the beach house

Stay there / 'Til you get my phone call

Lie low / Don't do anything

If we get out of this mess / It'll be a godsend

Call me a philistine, but I think it's brilliant. And that same brevity of expression is reflected in the music throughout the album. One chord is usually sufficient to carry any given track; often a single note is enough to prove the (very German) idea that complexity isn't always required to make a powerful noise.

The album ends (in "Montgomery") on the same atypical mood it began with: wrapped in a warm blanket of quietly reverberating guitar arpeggios, gently hung from a simple melodic hook. For a band described elsewhere in the music press as sounding "like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge", the final notes leave a strange, savory aftertaste.

Three-plus stars, rounded up.

 Don't Climb on and Take The Holy Water by KINSKI album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.99 | 6 ratings

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Don't Climb on and Take The Holy Water
Kinski Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ProgShine
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1 stars This may sound harsh but it's the real truth for myself:

Why in the hell and earth I insist in listen to Post-Rock?...

Most of the time there's not a single note appealing to me, there's no memorable melodies, there's no concrete work. Just a bunch of jams that never go anywhere. And most of this bands doesn't even have great instrumentists. This is exactly the case of the North American band Kinski in their 4th album Don't Climb On And Take The Holy Water (2004).

The album is basically made of one song 'The Misprint in The Gutenberg Print Shop' that fors for inbearabble 29 minutes and then you have another 4 songs that span between 2 and 5 minutes.

If you like Post-Rock... well, maybe it's something good. But if I were you, I would just forget it.

 Alpine Static by KINSKI album cover Studio Album, 2005
1.71 | 3 ratings

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Alpine Static
Kinski Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Foolsdrummer

1 stars This is an album i bought and put it at my junk pile after a listen or three. It's a very weird album. Normally I like weird albums very much and I like expiriments now and then, but not when it's just about guitar noise. Their is also lots of filler here, playing one annoying sounding distorted chord accented with bass and drums about one minute. The wives of the artie shaw is an ok piece, but not very special. It rock's, but that's about it. The party which you know will be heavy is the best piece, but it has some annoying intermissions featuring noise. The more relaxed parts like the snowy parts of scandinavia, will show you the same theme over and over again. It is boring to my taste, the theme's don't devellop somehow...

All in all not really a nice record. This albums features two things: Instrumental Rock with far too many fx on the guitar and soundscapes that isn't develloping that much. It's a shame, but one star for this one.

 Down Below It's Chaos by KINSKI album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.96 | 4 ratings

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Down Below It's Chaos
Kinski Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by chamberry
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars In "Alpine Static" we saw Kinski at their heaviest. From the Krautrock album that was "Don't Climb On And Take The Holy Water" they shifted drastically to some serious guitar-based rock. Alpine Static was like Sludge without slowness and Stoner Rock without the groovyness. It was a strange album to classify, but it was very high on energy. Alpine Static didn't showed much of their Space Rock influences (although the few psyched moments where highly enjoyable) so in August of 2007 they released "Down Below Its Chaos" which was return to their narcotic roots, but never going back to their old sounds.

What psychedelic adventures are Kinski going on next? Stoner Rock! These guys threw away any modern influences in their music and dived head-first into 70's fuzz fest. Like many Stoner Rock bands, their main influences is early Black Sabbath and on this album Kinski is no exception. The music is heavy, but groovy and never intimidating. Kinski are using vocals for the first time on this album and it fits perfectly with their new style. The vocals aren't very dominant in volume or in the songs either since there are only 3 tracks with them. The songs are very energetic and while they may lack the progressive leanings of their early albums its very fun to listen to since its easy to appreciate and hard to put down.

What's more to say? If you're a fan of bands like Witchcraft, Colour Haze, Dead Meadow and the likes then you'll find great enjoyment in Kinski's Down Below Its Chaos. Me? I would've preferred if Kinski went on to more experimental or innovative grounds like some of their previous efforts, but I don't mind them playing this kind of music since they're very good at it (although not adding anything new) and I'm also a fan of the genre. If you're not a fan or don't know what it is then feel free to give it a try.

 Alpine Static by KINSKI album cover Studio Album, 2005
1.71 | 3 ratings

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Alpine Static
Kinski Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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2 stars The band are fans of BLACK SABBATH and ASH RA TEMPEL so the stoner rock they play with the distorted guitars and heavy riffs recall SABBATH, while the spacey,atmospheric music they play was inspired by ASH RA TEMPEL and the Krautrock music they love. Another reference point to the sound on this album would be SONIC YOUTH. I am a big fan of their earlier record "Airs Above Your Station" which featured a lot of spacey, psychedelic music with outbursts of guitars and heaviness.This release is almost the opposite and because of that it fails to impress me at all. Don't get me wrong, I love heavy music with lots of guitar but not the walls of distortion that they throw at you here. There is not much in the way of melody here at all just a lot of noise.

The first three songs are heavy and direct and they all sound fairly similar. Again I was reminded of SONIC YOUTH on these guitar driven tracks. The last 60 seconds of the first song "Hot Stenographer" has this riff of fuzzed out guitar and drums that is so annoying. The first time I had this on at work we were about 30 seconds into this monotonous riff when my 22 year old daughter yelled at me from the front of the store "Make it stop !" Understand that my daughter likes a lot more extreme music than I do.Things get a little better with "The Party Which You Know Will Be Heavy" although it begins with a wall of sound and distortion followed by some strange noises.The song stops and starts "with a melody". The loud guitar is so much better than the distortion from earlier in the song. One of the best passages of the record is the melody 6 minutes in.

"Passed Out On Your Lawn" opens with a cool guitar melody and bass. Heavier guitar and synths after 2 minutes. It sounds amazing. Distortion and noise follows before it ends with some spacey sounds. "All Your Kids Have Turned To Static" has a refreshing and reserved soundscape. The guitar has a Post Rock feel to it and we get some good flute melodies as well. "The Snowy Parts Of Scandanavia" opens with a lot of atmosphere before we get this explosion of guitar that unfortunately comes and goes. Fortunately a catchy melody with some scorching guitar follows. "Edge Set" is like the first three songs in that it is uptempo and guitar driven. There are waves of synths to end the song but they go on way too long. "Waka Nusa" features slowly played guitar in a Post Rock style.

For my tastes this was really disappointing. I felt there was something missing on a lot of these songs and really I liked only the three songs in a row "The Party Which You Know Will Be Heavy" , "Passed Out On Your Lawn" and my favourite "All Your Kids Have Turned To Static". Fans only.

 Airs Above Your Station by KINSKI album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.84 | 6 ratings

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Airs Above Your Station
Kinski Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars If the SMASHING PUMPKINS had decided to make "Siamese Dream" a Psychedelic album, it may have sounded like this record. Thankyou Avestin for bringing this band to my attention.

The first song "Steve's Basement" opens with about 3 minutes of spacey sounds before we begin to hear the guitar come in ever so quietly. After 5 minutes it's anything but quiet ! The sheer power of a wall of distortion and guitars brings to mind the "Siamese Dream" album I spoke of earlier. My first listen of this record reminded me of some of the heavier Post-Rock bands but after many listens I have to agree that this is truly Psychedelic music with some outbursts of raw power. "Semaphore" has a sound that reminds me of the intro of THE SMITHS song "How Soon Is Now". There are lots of spacey sounds with drums as the heaviness arrives. I like the guitar solo over the top of the soundscape. Almost 5 minutes in the pace speeds up and it sounds great ! "Rhode Island Freakout" you could say is more of a traditional song. We hear some brief vocals for the first time as this song does rock out pretty good.

"Schedule For Using Pillows & Beanbags" opens with a drum and guitar melody that is replaced by spacey sounds. The song does get more energetic and heavy before it's over. "I Think I Blew It" has these cosmic sounds that build and it sounds incredible. It's like drifting in waves of pleasure. Is there such a thing as a progasm ? "Your Lights Are (out or) Burning Badly" features gently played guitar with the sounds of deep space in the background. Drums come in later followed by guitar as the sound gets louder. "Waves Of Second Guessing" reminds me of PORCUPINE TREE around the "Sky Moves Sideways" era. A very spacey tune until out of nowhere comes this aggressive guitar solo with drums. Nice. "I Think I Blew It (again)" is really part 2 of "I Think I Blew It" or an extension of it. Simply put we hear beautiful, spacey waves of sound gently touching our minds.

Yes I like this a lot. It combines the spacey, psychedelic music I like with the heaviness that I also really enjoy. 4 stars.

 Don't Climb on and Take The Holy Water by KINSKI album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.99 | 6 ratings

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Don't Climb on and Take The Holy Water
Kinski Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This album offers a really imaginative, surreal and vintage sounding jouyrney to the collective subconsiousness of this band. Some other releases by these fellows follow much more restrained and calculated straits, but this record is an exception from that line, painting strong impressionistic dreamy visions. Warmly recommended for anybody interested of challenging psychedelic music!
 Don't Climb on and Take The Holy Water by KINSKI album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Don't Climb on and Take The Holy Water
Kinski Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by chamberry
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars For Kosmische/Krautrock music fans

From all of Kinski's releases this is the one that stands out as a sore thumb and I mean that in the best way possible. With this release Kinski take a radical change in their sound. Their previous release, Airs Above Your Station, was a very guitar oriented album, but it looks like they got a bit tired with their sound and started to experiment with their own instruments and style to form a totally different beast ever seen in their discography.

In "Don't Climb up and Take The Holy Water" Kinski's krautrock influence is up front and in full power. From the intro of the first song to the end of the last one, this album will take you to a trip deep inside your consciousness and explore places you never thought they existed. The album is full of "surrealistic soundscapes" made with different effects and sounds of guitars, flute, synths and other instruments. They have a very experimental approach and it isn't really that "user friendly". Bands like early Popol Vuh, Ash Ra Temple, Tangerine Dream, Early Faust and other sound related bands can be seen as influence for this album. The meat of the album is clearly the 29 minute opus "The Misprint in the Gutenberg Print Shop" which is clearly the most adventurous song in the album. The song will set you on a trip like no other creating abstract images in your mind while the highly imaginative guitar effects guide you through the trip. If you let yourself go with the flow of the song you'll definitely enjoy it, but don't try to decompose every single note played or even try to analyze their sound because you'll end up bored out of your mind (keep that in mind when listening to this style of music). The sad thing is that after almost 30 minutes of pure surrealistic and imaginative playing, the rest of the album won't make your jaw drop like the previous song did. Having said that the songs aren't bad (they're actually all pretty good, really) and they keep the atmosphere and flow of the album going until the end, and what an atmosphere it is! The album never gets overtly loud while still being as imaginative and creative since the first seconds you pushed play in your CD player.

You can buy this album for the 29 minute acid trip song alone if you really want to and believe me that you'll get your money's worth. It's that good! I would gladly recommend this album for Krautrock fans, Electronic Prog fans, Space Rock fans and everything in between. Believe me that this will be one of the trippiest modern albums you'll ever hear and I couldn't ask for a better band than Kinski to do the job.

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Thanks to Eetu Pellonpää for the artist addition.

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