White Hinterland “Icarus” From Kairos Dead Oceans (2010)
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White Hinterland is the project of Portland-based Casey Dienel, who is joined by Shawn Creeden on the new release Kairos. This atmospheric albumhas the classically trained Casey leaving former territory behind, eschewing acoustic instruments for electronic instrumentation and effects, percussion and washes of sound. The result is an ambitious collection of off-kilter pop that shines in being just that bit different.
Casey said that making the album was like swimming in a cave, trusting only the instinct to just keep swimming. This is also a particularly fitting description of the single “Icarus”, a chilly swing propelled into the vastness on echoing minimal percussion and looping calls.