Sunday, March 25, 2007

Kavinsky - Grand Canyon


From 2007's 1986 EP, Grand Canyon touches that neon at night desperation you rarely find outside of John Carpenter and Dario Argento soundtracks. Kavinsky seems to favor a more cinematic view of music, using layers of synthesizers backed by rigid drum programming to evoke terror and hope instead of love and despair. And while the music is instantly gripping and memorable, what may be even more impressive is how strongly the character of Kavinsky can be heard in his instrumentals. Over the course of his two EP's (the other being Teddy Boy), we've learned that Kavinsky is the zombie of a man who crashed his Ferrari Testarossa in Los Angeles in 1986. But where many just use this sort of backstory as schtick, Kavinsky's character is truly burnt into the music and provides the cinematic sounds with an aural tale to tell.
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4 comments:

Chris Camp said...

I loved that Teddy Boy E.P. Looking forward to giving this new Kavinsky a listen.

hemlock said...

uh, did you say zombie? did you say synthesizer? did you say terror? *salivating*

Jesse said...

Count me as a fan

c said...

HAHA, you definitely hit it on the head with the Goblin (Argento scores) connection. And like them, this could easily be hilarious or scary depending on the visual accompaniment.