Jul 2013 02

Kant Kino - Father Worked in IndustryKant Kino
Category: EBM
Album: Father Worked in Industry
Stars: 3
Blurb: With a quirky electro style and wryly humorous lyrics that resemble And One, this Norwegian duo returns with a second album that plays with EBM clichés.


“We Are Still Kant Kino” proclaims the opening track on this Norwegian duo’s second album, mixed by Leæther Strip’s Claus Larsen no less, and this self-celebratory stance seems somehow apt considering the band’s musical style, which mixes the stompiness of old school EBM with a kind of wry humour that brings And One to mind. It’s an intriguing premise even though, like And One, it can make for tracks that vary wildly in terms of quality. One big problem is that the opening tracks sound as if they’re parodying the old school sound and not taking it seriously; it might be that this is intentional, at least in part and, if so, then Kant Kino does it well, but it’s hardly a promising proposition for a whole album. Add to this the fact that a little later, there are the dubious delights of a track called “Ich Liebe Katarina Witt” and it’s not looking too promising at this point. However, the fact that this track is actually a surprisingly downbeat electronic waltz with some decent pitch-bend effects is actually indicative of the improvement that the album undergoes hereafter as the pair builds on and develops these influences, adding a greater melodic element to “Bleed,” while the slower and generally harsher “Message” works up to a quite superb climax in a manner that demonstrates that they really can hit the mark when they put their minds to it. In this context, the liberties that the band takes with “Warm Leatherette” make a modicum of sense as vocal duties are handed to Claus Larsen himself and add numerous new elements to this well loved classic, thereby robbing it of its minimalist feel that might be little short of heresy for some, but then taken on its own merits, it’s a decent enough number. Hanne Hausgard’s vocals are, aside from a slightly flat performance on “Just for the Comfort of Sleep,” another important element in raising the standard here, adding a touch of class to both “My Game” and “My Sweetest Crime,” while also forming an effective partnership with main vocalist Lars Madsen on the title track, which resurrects another old school staple in its title, although the approximation of industrial factory sounds that form the basis of the track proves they’re not aiming for a massively high level of authenticity. At least “Underground,” which is another infectious offering, does shake things up a bit, possessing a title that has a number of meanings and the tale of an on-the-line suicide at least sees the duo playing with the clichés a tad, as does the closing “Ubermensch,” which has more than a whiff of the tongue-in-cheek about it, which is fine and dandy as long as nobody thinks they’re endorsing some form of eugenics. Hopefully though, the generally lighter style of this track will ensure this doesn’t happen and the album is enjoyed purely for the undemanding listening experience it is.
Track list:

  1. We Are Still Kant Kino
  2. Push Your Buttons
  3. My Game (feat. Komputergirl)
  4. My Sweetest Crime (feat. Hanne Haugsand)
  5. Bleed
  6. Ich Liebe Katarina Witt
  7. Message
  8. Freezing
  9. Just for the Comfort of Sleep (feat. Karine Kristiansen)
  10. Ubermensch
  11. Father Worked in Industry
  12. Underground
  13. Reality
  14. Warm Leatherette (feat. Leæther Strip)

Kant Kino Website http://www.kantkino.no
Kant Kino MySpace http://www.myspace.com/kantkinomusic/music
Kant Kino Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kantkino
Kant Kino Twitter http://www.twitter.com/KantKinoOslo
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Carl Jenkinson (carlj)

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