New Sound 012 \\ Cosmic London five piece, Kinkajous

7th May 2019

Talented quintet Kinkajous have announced their cosmic debut album, ‘Hidden Lines’. 

Describing it as “a sonic foray into the world’s invisible echoes, reflecting through memory and experience”, the band have brought together their diverse experiences – from orchestral to jazz, world and electronic – into what they describe as a “transcendental exploration of sound and time”. 

Their new single, ‘Black Idiom Pt.2‘, opens with a procession of synth and flute before the drums add some grime-influenced groove. The sound is expansive and wistful, without being watery – Adrien Cau’s tenor sax gives ‘Black Idiom Pt.2’ a thrust. Joining Adrien in the band are Benoît Parmentier (drums/production), Maria Chiara Argirò (piano/rhodes), Andres Castellanos (bass) and Jack Doherty (synths). 

Coming together from various sides of the planet, Kinkajous are a reminder of how London’s magnetic pull can provide fertile ground for innovative, other-worldly soundscapes. ‘Hidden Lines’, their debut album, drops on 7 June. It will be a stellar release for fans of BADBADNOTGOOD, Vels Trio and Flying Lotus. To mark the occasion, we get chatty with the band. 

\\ Tell us about how you guys got together and found your musical connection with each other? 
We [Adrien and Ben] were introduced by common friends a few years back as Adrien was looking for a new drummer for his jazz project. We had been playing together with this group for some time but soon felt the need for a more flexible platform where we could have more freedom with sounds and writing.
With a mutual love for more electronic music [Flying Lotus, Floating Points, Four Tet] and having both come from an orchestral background, we surrounded ourselves with a unique collection of sounds as we shared music with one another. This became our palette as we began writing and sculpting our sound.
\\ The band members have origins spanning between Columbia to France, Italy and the UK; how do these varying backgrounds add to the music making?
When it comes to writing and performing, our origins don’t play much of a role. We share and talk the same musical language, and we are all interested by such a wide array of genres. However, the fact that we all moved to London to play music, leaving behind our homes, has given us the drive to try everything, be more open and grow new roots. We try to reflect this in the music we make.
\\ ‘Black Idiom Pt2’ explores memory and time; tell us how you play with these themes in the track?
We wrote ‘Black Idiom’ as a two part track, as it follows a narrative. ‘Pt.1’ has a dream-like quality, it fades in and takes shape from a distant place. The orchestral waves evolve, surfacing in response to one another before disappearing again, almost like the way fading memories move through our minds. The flute and flutter sounds emerge from those waves as if pushing us toward a new beginning. ‘Pt.2’ brings us to this rebirth, a new start, a new energy. The last part of the track looks towards the future. The synth string pad serves as a blank canvas on which anything can be written. The drums reflect some uncertainty at first, but develop to become powerful and full of hope. 


Pre-order Kinkajous debut album ‘Hidden Lines’ here

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