For decades Nashville, TN has had the reputation all over the world of a prolific music city, so I am not really surprised to learn that a good band such as Kin Ship also contributes to the good musical tradition of that town. The band has been sharpening their teeth with a series of gigs at local clubs and music festivals, eventually leading to the release of a few records, including their latest studio album Where I Live. This record only features nine songs, but the relatively short track list really fits well with the music, a garage/beat pop formula with a really 60s flavor, gritty and youthful, yet looking back on a time where music was consumed in a really different way. These are tunes that would look, sound and feel amazing on a 45rpm vinyl!
The charming retro aesthetic and lo-fi attitude really underline the direct and straightforward power of the songs, each one a true beat-pop jewel, with nothing on the album reaching the four-minute mark.I would certainly put "Sandy" among the best songs on the record, with searing guitar riffs surrounded by a soothing melodic landscape and tight rhythm session.I love how this record starts with an easy, almost party-like vibe, to twist towards a more melancholic mood in the middle, and eventually switch back to cheerful garage pop at the end, with the song "Tequila" and post-party bonfire ballad “Specimen Days.”
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