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Since their debut single So Green appeared in 2002, Melbourne rock quartet Kinematic have experienced a meteoric ascent within the indie-rock scene, much of which is owed to their ability to make universally inviting music that taps into multiple genres. While their impressive debut Time and Place was a showcase for their scholarly comprehension of the rock and pop encyclopedia, Kites from 2009 sees the band refining their sound and giving it the vigor and energy it needed.

The music of Kinematic is a charming middle-ground between contemporary pop-rock and the sounds of the 60s and the early 70s. While their songwriting worships the urbane aesthetics of Wilco and Coldplay, it also mixes in the playfulness of The Beatles for good measure. But, by no means, does the band stick to a single template or a rigid design. Each track on Kites brings with it a surprise in the way it picks and remodels the style of a random artist or era to create music that sounds original yet familiar. Peyote recalls the carefree and sticky indie-rock of the Arctic Monkeys, while Weak & Splendid evokes the warmth and intimacy of Elliot Smith. Pinpoints, on the other hand, is as mellow and desolate as a Radiohead song.

Favorite Tracks: Whirlwind, 5 o’ clock High, Pretty Ugly

Track List
1. Already Here 03:16
2. Whirlwind 03:29
3. 5’O’Clock High 02:46
4. Jefferson High 02:30
5. Peyote 03:03
6. Pinpoints 03:05
7. Pretty Ugly 03:27
8. Weak and Splendid 04:11
9. Jika Jika 04:33
10. Mizuki 02:45
11. The Punters Club 03:26
12. Beat Poetry 02:55
13. Xrays and Traffic 05:02
14. Winter Son 03:46

Related Links
Kinematic’s Website
Kinematic on Facebook
Kinematic on Twitter
Kinematic on BandCamp
Kinematic on YouTube

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