Easy Music For Difficult People
This is the third studio album from Icelandic progressive guitar/math rock band, Kimono. Easy Music For Difficult People marks a significant change in style for the band, returning as a trio with their first album since 2007. The band, which was formerly a quartet, has been active for eight years and has released two studio albums, one EP and one dub album based on their 2003 debut. At just over 30 minutes and featuring nine songs, the album represents a shift from the "calm before the storm" soundscape (with which the band has been associated on their previous records) to a full-on post-punk album where urgency, darkness and immediacy hold sway. This time around, Kimono took their time polishing their sound with the songs that comprise Easy Music For Difficult People. After experimenting with live multi-track recordings in their studio in downtown Reykjavík, the band recruited Arctic Death Ship engineer Aron Arnarsson and recorded the entire album live over a long weekend in the summer of 2009. Lead singer and guitarist Alex MacNeil manned the post of producer. All instruments, amplification and drums were set up in one space with no dividers to isolate the roaring interplay of guitars from the relentless sonic attack of the drums. The result is an electrifying studio album where the band has attempted and succeeded in bringing its notable live experience right to your stereo.