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This is the second Sub Pop album from Seattle's monsters of instrumental post-psychedelic rock. Since their last offering, Kinski had the chance to tour with everyone from Acid Mothers Temple to Mission Of Burma to Comets On Fire, and we'll be damned if that doesn't make sense. The new album is a logical, and thrilling step forward. 2005.

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Where Kinski once mined the explorations of detuned ‘80s guitar pioneers such as Glenn Branca, Live Skull and the Dead C, these days they set their controls for the heart of the 1970s. The cosmic ‘70s that is; this album shows a full affinity with the explorations of heads like Popol Vuh and Terry Riley, though it's definitely heavy in a Sabbath vein as well. It's not Kinski's best album, however; the pop sensibility that held their jams together has floated away. The jammy explorations that remain instead are very interesting and often gorgeous but they lack the compositional rigor of Riley and Vuh's Florian Fricke. This is likely a transitional album for these Seattle-based explorers. These mostly instrumental songs ebb and flow and change shapes yet stay together, like a school of brightly colored tropical fish. –Mike McGonigal

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listen  2. The Wives of Artie Shaw 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Hiding Drugs In The Temple (Part 2) 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Party Which You Know Will Be Heavy 7:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Passed Out On Your Lawn 8:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. All Your Kids Have Turned To Static 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Snowy Parts Of Scandinavia 9:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Edge Set 9:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Waka Nusa 6:18$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0009SOG4E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on April 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Good current CD release by the Seattle experimental/space rockers. Think I liked the disc's two lengthiest tracks the best, "Passed Out On The Lawn" and "Edge Set" which both clock in at around nine minutes. Also dug the electronic weirdness used in the background on tunes like "Wives Of Artie Shaw" and "Hiding Drugs In The Temple". Sort of reminds me of vintage Hawkwind. Funny, how I haven't seen that mentioned anywhere else. Overall, you get nine (9) cuts of trippin' mind music, JUST the way you like it. Might appeal to fans of Acid Mothers Temple, SubAracnoid Space, Bardo Pond and possibly Flying Saucer Attack. Recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Imagine this as a soundtrack for a road trip, from desert up through mountain pines, complete with, halfway through as you rise in altitude, blasts of static and later crashing storms of feedback interrupting the "motorik" chugging beat that accelerates up the first part of the journey, and then coasts more peacefully to a gentle, bucolic meadow of softer sounds.

This is Kinski's best balanced effort yet, and without vocals, the chance for Alpine Static to waft over your own array of moods makes this a perfect companion for the open road. A title like "Passed Out on the Lawn" runs the gamut of emotions while it makes you project your own storyline upon the sonic variations presented. Songs take their time to rumble and roam; it's reminiscent of Mahler at times in its restless, epic, scope.

At times it recalls the suitably named Swervedriver with its relentless but tuneful insistence, often Kyuss and the stoner rock blasted from the Californian parched plains a decade ago, and throughout the steady, hypnotic movement of Neu. It's less assaultive than Comets on Fire, and more akin to a cross between the bands inspired by loud-soft heavy dynamics and those longing to re-create the inner moods that you feel when zooming up the highway into places long awaited to be glimpsed for the first time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John St. John on August 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
While it may seem odd that I say Kinski is "in a class all their own", then proceed to give Alpine Static a middle ground three stars, I am writing more to talk about Kinski's entire catelogue. Alpine Static is, in my opinion, Kinski's weakest album. It doesn't have the same amount of struture and layers as their previous releases. Alpine is a good effort, but if you really want to know Kinski, check out Be Gentle With The Warm Turtle, Airs above Your Station, or their reissue Spacelaunch For Frenchie. Each one of these three records receive FIVE stars from this reviewer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Alpine Static is Kinski's most accessible ablum yet. Although it rocks a lot, it has an easy listening vibe that Airs and Don't Climb On lack. There's plenty of experimentation, sudden shifts, etc., but on the whole, the album is greener and more fun than their previous efforts. Fresh, playful. Their sense of humor definitely shines through on tracks like Hot Stenographer and The Snowy Parts. Initially, the repetition and sudden blasts of noise are really annoying until (after a few listens) you realize how necessary they are to the integrity of the album. They're there so that you can't forget that you're listening to a Kinski album. It's signature, and personal, and I think it heightens the intimacy. Makes you feel like their jamming in your living room and raiding your fridge for beer.

There's some great loose riffage on Hiding Drugs and Edge Set, and I love the way the album evolves; the second half is more stretched out and relaxed, so that the barrage of the first half doesn't make you uptight or seem forced. Waka Nusa is calm and lovely, and makes for a nice, gentlepersonly exit (and really fits the graphic elements of the album too, the Pacific NW woods photos, grasslands, etc.).

Alpine Static is all about Kinski turning old ideas on their heads and trying new things. At the same time, you can tell that they're having fun in the process, and not trying too hard to break with the past or efface their identity or anything. This is the Kinski album I reach for most often. It will make you feel good, good, good. 4++ stars.
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