Lamps And Bedroom

by Keiss

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The UK has successfully transitioned from rubbish to not-so-rubbish for the four-day annual warm period we call "summer", and along comes the kind of album that's just begging to be played at sunny gatherings and laid-back outdoor events.

Following up from 2016 and 2018 releases 'The Breath' and 'Tau Ceti' respectively, Keiss magically appears again this year to lighten our moods building on his traditional down-tempo approach with 'Lamps And Bedroom', hitting all the right spots when it comes to selecting a chilled & relaxing album to finally say goodbye to those colder months.

A thoroughly sedating affair from start to finish, Keiss places real importance on wispy reverb, layered complex melodies and well-placed bass for a signature sound that carries through the entire 53 minutes.

Starting off with 'Signature', quite thelassic with delayed and ghost-like samples leading into a powerful bass-line that carries you the rest of the way. The down-tempo ambience displayed here immediately continues with the incredible chill piece 'Unharvested Toys'.

The tracks, albeit quite separate in their beginnings and ends, merge into each other very well and there's nothing jarring about their transitions - everything belongs next to each other.

Happy places abound, 'Warm Lights' presents a realy sinister undertone thanks to some really interesting sub-bass. It's so low that you're likely to perceive it as dissonant and it makes it uneasy in the best of ways.

There's some really unique tracks here too. "Tungsten Spiral" has a slow and measured pace that gives way to a bold half-bar low end phrase that sets up the second half perfectly, and 'Secret Under The Pillow' is just pure freaky. Its noise and sound design reminiscent of Stars Of The Lid are powerful and lead to interesting thoughts, truly a favourite of mine.

My personal highlight has to be 'Nonexistent Sister'. It's so different from the rest of the album but also fits in perfectly, almost beatless with perfect layering and crescendo in all the right places.

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released June 28, 2019

Art By Matt Hampshire
Mastering By exm
Music By Keiss

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