Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Kenseth Thibideau Loves Repitition

Maybe because I'm posting this at an early part of the morning...but Kenseth Thibideau's new single is just about the definition of perfect mellow pop. Gorgeous, minimal, and sounding something like a weird Pale Saint's b-side in love with Mojave 3, the tune is the sound of the sun rising or setting depending on where your at. It hit me right between the ears and I thank it for that. Tune of the day w/o question.

In the past dozen years, Kenseth Thibideau has become a staple of the Southern California independent music scene. He co-founded a pair of highly-acclaimed experimental rock groups (Tarentel and Rumah Sakit) while in San Francisco, then returned to San Diego to find himself suddenly collaborating with many of the city's most respected and acclaimed musicians. He soon became a touring member of Pinback and Three Mile Pilot, and formed Sleeping People, the frenetic instrumental group that also featured a pre-Dirty Projectors Amber Coffmann - all while continuing his semi-solo Howard Hello project with Marty Anderson (Okay, Dilute).

Repetition is Thibideau's first true solo album, having written, performed, recorded and produced every note. Inspired by an increasing obsession with the Can/Cluster/Harmonia/Tangerine Dream world of classic krautrock and European prog, Repetition fittingly centers around a series of circular melodies anchored by repetitive grooves and colored by swirling keyboards and understated vocals. It's a surprisingly diverse formula that proves extremely successful.

Of the dozen or more projects that Thibideau has played a part in over the years, Repetition may be the most subtly rewarding. It's unusually understated for an album that adequately displays the many strengths of one of the west coast's most genuinely talented musicians, and thus makes each listen more revelatory than the last. Repetition comes out July 20th.

Download: Black Hole


Anonymous said...

this is great! best stuff i've ever heard from this guy (and that's saying a lot cause he's done some great rekkids)

Anonymous said...


cant wait to get the record in July.