Fighting Kites — Mustard after Dinner - An Anthology of Fighting Kites
(Audio Antihero no#, 2012/2019, DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-02-15
Mustard after Dinner is a free downloadable anthology of non-album material from North London’s Fighting Kites (2006-2012). Pulling together their self-releases, compilation appearances, and collaboration with Benjamin Shaw, this collection showcases the depth, beauty, and experimentalism of the group as it evolved from a duo to a trio to a quartet. Their sound is beautiful, delicate at times, with some of the instrumentals going through multiple mood shifts in under five minutes, that really hold your attention. Repetitive guitar and electronic loops build layer upon layer. The highpoints for me are the tracks “Slowly Slowly” and “Conquers (Resonance FM Session).” The Vlaams Tapes Version tracks are from a live performance. And the only vocal track is the closer “This Christmas (I Just Want to Be Left Alone)” with its Syd Barrett vibe. The music drifts from gorgeous neo-classical loops to a “post-rock-noise-pop” style before they fall headlong into Krautrock, prog, psychedelia, ambience, and beyond. Quite an enjoyable and refreshing set of tracks.
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