Kindness (Adam Bainbridge): ‘World, You need a change of mind’

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In an ideal world, this bio would be about two lines long. Ninety-five per cent of everything you should want to know about a new artist should be in the record.   ~Adam Bainbridge (Kindness)

Kindness – World, You Need a Change of Mind

Kindness is the solo project of British singer and musician Adam Bainbridge. He released his first single, a cover of  The Replacements’  “Swingin’ Party” in August 2009.  Kindness’ debut album, ‘World, You Need a Change of Mind’ was co-produced, recorded and mixed with the Grammy Award winning Phillipe Zdar (Cassius / Cut Copy / Phoenix / The Rapture / Kanye West) at Zdar’s studio in Paris and was released through Modular on March 23.  He has performed at South by Southwest  and Latitude Festival.

Kindness’ recorded work bears the fingerprints of no specific scene, no particular country, no certain era. It’s pop music but it’s slippery and enigmatic, sounds slick yet underground.  The New York Times  calls his music “moody and sexy”.

Touted by NME as the next big thing, his sound has recognizable reference points. From the leftfield disco of Walter Gibbons, the cosmopolitan rhythms of Grace Jones and Tom Tom Club, to the frictionless 80s R&B of Alexander O’Neal, all swirled around with the blurry Polaroid pop of Ariel Pink.

The emergence of indie dance music is the most recent step in a long progression of reconciliation between generally divergent worlds. Largely, indie scenes have flirted with dance music as a byproduct of, or in mixtures with, rock — take the post-punk/dance-punk revival of a decade ago. By design or not, they’ve been sonically segregated, and any engagement by the indie rock world with dance-floor culture has felt almost apologetic.

“Hive Mind” is an impressive achievement, fluent in a range of dance styles: Ital nails spacey techno on “Floridian Void,” and broken-down house music on “Israel.” You get the sense that in Britain, an album like this would get far more attention.

That’s why the Kindness album is potentially even more radical, even though it’s more pop-friendly. Kindness — born Adam Bainbridge — arrives at the same musical solution as Ital, but from a different direction. His album was produced with Philippe Zdar, of Cassius, the king-size French disco nostalgists. For the album, all the songs — both those Kindness released independently, and also the new ones — were rerecorded with Mr. Zdar’s assistance.

The album’s high point is “Cyan,” which is elegiacally pretty and slinky smooth. Kindness sings wistfully and woozily and beneath him the music is moving purposefully, with robust snares and hazy synthesizers. It is thoughtful disco homage, replacing only the genre’s high gloss with a layer of D.I.Y. indifference.

But even though the Kindness album feels deliberately small, it fits neatly with the broader tides of British pop. It’s at home alongside the streak of gothic electro-pop now coursing through British music, bubbling up from below, and it intersects cleanly with the longstanding heavy presence of dance music — the tackier sort, but still — on the British charts.

Adam Bainbridge lives and works in London.

Watch: Kindness – House
Be prepared for an onslaught of slinky smooth, wistful and woozy sounds as he hits the road with label-mates Tom Vek and Jonathan Boulet. In the meantime, get to know Kindness a little more with this video directed by Partizan’s Dan Brereton.

World, You Need a Change of Mind – Album tracks
01. SEOD
02. Swingin Party
03. Anyone Can Fall In Love
04. Gee Wiz
05. Gee Up
06. House
07. That’s Alright
08. Cyan
09. Bombastic
10. Doigsong

Studio albums

  • World, You Need a Change of Mind (16 March 2012)

Singles

  • Swingin’ Party (28 September 2009)
  • Cyan (26 October 2011)
  • SEOD (8 February 2012)
  • Gee Up (16 March 2012)
  • House (15 June 2012)
  • That’s Alright (21 September 2012)

Videos

Song Directed by Date
Gee Up Jack Latham 2009
Cyan Ben Fries 2011
Gee Up Adam Bainbridge 2012
House Daniel Brereton & Adam Bainbridge 2012
That’s Alright Adam Bainbridge 2012

Sources: YouTube, Wikipedia, Google (photos), New York Times

Tame Impala – World Tour Dates

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WORLD TOUR DATES – GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

 

Thu, May 2 Tame Impala Hordern Pavillion Sydney, Australia

Sat, May 4 Tame Impala Groovin the Moo Bendigo, Australia

Sun, May 5 Tame Impala Groovin the Moo Townsville, Australia

Wed, May 8 Tame Impala Convention Centre Brisbane, Australia

Thu, May 9 Tame Impala Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, Australia

Sat, May 11 Tame Impala Groovin the Moo Bunbury, Australia

Sat, May 18 Tame Impala Belvoir Theatre Perth, Australia

Thu, May 23 Tame Impala Primavera Festival Barcelona, Spain

Sat, May 25 Tame Impala Sasquatch! Festival Washington, US

Sun, May 26 Tame Impala Crystal Ballroom Portland, US

Sun, May 26 Tame Impala Festival Hall Melbourne, Australia

Mon, May 27 Tame Impala Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, Canada

Wed, May 29 Tame Impala Fox Theater Oakland, California, US

Thu, Jun 13 Tame Impala Bonnaroo Manchester, UK

Mon, Jun 17 Tame Impala The Tabernacle Atlanta, Georgia, US

Tue, Jun 18 Tame Impala The National Richmond, Virginia, US

Wed, Jun 19 Tame Impala Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Fri, Jun 21 Tame Impala Hurricane Festival Schessel, Germany

Sat, Jun 22 Tame Impala Southside Festival Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany

Tue, Jun 25 Tame Impala Hammersmith Apollo London, England U.K.

Wed, Jun 26 Tame Impala Olympia Paris, France

Fri, Jun 28 Tame Impala Glastonbury Fest Glastonbury

Sun, Jun 30 Tame Impala Rock a Field Luxembourg

Mon, Jul 1 Tame Impala Gloria Cologne, Germany

Wed, Jul 3 Tame Impala Astra Berlin, Germany

Thu, Jul 4 Tame Impala Opener Festival Gdynia, Poland

Sat, Jul 6 Tame Impala RockWerchter Fest Werchter, Belgium

Sun, Jul 7 Tame Impala Les Eurockéennes Belfort, France

Tue, Jul 9 Tame Impala Ravenna Festival @ Rocca Branaleone Ravenna, Italy

Wed, Jul 10 Tame Impala Un Altro Festival @ Magnolia Milan, Italy

Thu, Jul 11 Tame Impala Le Bikini Toulouse, France

Sat, Jul 13 Tame Impala La Riviera Madrid, Spain

Sun, Jul 14 Tame Impala Optimus Alive Fest Lisbon, Portugal

Fri, Jul 26 Tame Impala Fuji Rock @ Naeba Ski Resort Nigata, Japan

Wed, Aug 7 Tame Impala Oya Festival Oslo, Norway

Thu, Aug 8 Tame Impala Vega Copenhagen, Denmark

Thu, Aug 8 Tame Impala Way Out West Stockholm, Sweden

Sun, Aug 11 Tame Impala Sziget Budapest, Hungary

Mon, Aug 12 Tame Impala Kino Siska Ljubljana, Slovenia

Tue, Aug 13 Tame Impala Mojotic Fest @ Baia Del Silenzio Sestri Levante, Italy

Wed, Aug 14 Tame Impala Komplex 457 Zurich, Switzerland

Fri, Aug 16 Tame Impala Lowlands Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

Sat, Aug 17 Tame Impala La Route Du Rock Saint Maolo, France

Tue, Aug 20 Tame Impala Picture House Edinburgh, Scotland

Wed, Aug 21 Tame Impala Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland

Fri, Aug 23 Tame Impala Rock En Seine Paris, Fance

Sat, Aug 24 Tame Impala Reading Festival Reading, Pennsylvania, US

Sun, Aug 25 Tame Impala Leeds Festival Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Video: Phoenix – Lizstomania / One time too many – A Take Away Show

Photographs by Vincent Moon – Copyright

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Phoenix – Lizstomania / One time too many – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque

“It’s a weird game going on between the band and the place where they play. A mesmerizing Eiffel Tower or Trocadero usually steal the show with their size and more or less spectacular tricks, but here’s a band no one would expect to find there, competing with all those crowd-pullers. ”

Produced by Chryde for la Blogotheque
Filmed by Vincent Moon
Sounds by François Clos and Guillaume de la Villeon
Edit by Guillaume Guerry
Mix by Francois Clos
HD

9 OCTOBER 2009
TROCADERO, EIFFEL TOWER, PARIS

Sources: La Blogotheque, Vimeo
Special thanks to Phoenix and Vincent Moon.

The Naked and Famous / No Way – Video Directed by Special Problems

Artist: The Naked and Famous
Track: No Way
Album: Passive me, Agressive you

Special Problems are New Zealanders Campbell Hooper and Joel Kefali. “What’s their buzz?” you say? Well the duo are deft hands at making magic out of misery, making the impossible possible.

They’ve made some smashing videos for Jonathan Boulet, Wolfmother and Tame Impala and other folks such as Flying Lotus too.

Lyrics:
When the daylight comes
Do you feel it?
Leave your bag of bones
Underneath your bed
Everything is as
It should be
I’m leaving now
As I should be

No way, no way
No we’re never gonna talk about it
No way, no way
No we’re never gonna speak again
No way, no way
No we’re never gonna talk about it
No way, no way

When the night descends
I sleep in
All the things you’ve done
Come to hold me
All that we can do
Is smile
It would be like this
For a while

No way, no way
No we’re never gonna talk about it
No way, no way
No we’re never gonna speak again
No way, no way
No we’re never gonna talk about it
No way, no way

I’m not sad, really
All this means, losing
Letting go, oo-oo
Dont look out, oo-oo
No way, no way, no way

Tame Impala – ‘Half Full Glass of Wine’ Directed By Special Problems

Uploaded on Nov 13, 2008

Tame Impala are practising their petite Perth pants off for their upcoming Australian tour. Prancing in September and October, Tame Impala will stop to drink at several water holes including Wollongong, Geralton, Hobart and Geelong as well as most capital cities. Hit the usual suspects: ticketek.com.au, moshtix.com.au, oztix.com.au.

Half Full Glass Of Wine is the type of song you come across rarely with it’s half speed, double riffing magic. Kevins vocals float through the air like a magic carpet ride through an aural wonderland, the guitars dual each other in a call and response frenzy, which all leads up to a beast of a solo that holds you by the soul galloping away in oblivion.

Half Full Glass Of Wine comes accompanied by a video directed by creative minds Special Problems (Cut Off Your Hands, Mercy Arms) who has created the perfect trippy realm for you to get lost in. Humming birds that flutter around a sumo wrestler, monkeys bounce off of canons and dance upon their fiery discharge, dogs jump at floating ships on the horizon like possessed beasts.

Special Problems videographers and video directors are New Zealanders Campbell Hooper and Joel Kefali. “What’s their buzz?” you say? Well the duo are deft hands at making magic out of misery, making the impossible possible.

They’ve made some smashing videos for Jonathan Boulet, Wolfmother, Naked and Famous and other folks such as Flying Lotus too.

Get the self-titled EP here:
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/tame

More Information here:
http://www.tameimpala.com/