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Classic Album Review: Kinski | Airs Above Your Station

The Seattle instrumental outfit's third album is a mind-blowing blast of psychedelia.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


WHO ARE THEY? Trippy Seattle instrumental quartet Kinski are the sort of band that would have been labelled psychedelic in the ’60s, prog in the ’70s, experimental in the ’80s and post-rock in the ’90s. Now, you can just call them mind-blowing.

WHAT’S THIS? Their third full-length, Airs Above Your Station is a strobe-lit, ever-evolving dimension where lush shoegazing ambience gives way to interstellar overdrive guitars, where space-metal sludge flows into vibrating Floydian homage, where feedback and noise make beautiful music together and where Venusian ice sculptures melt under the white light and white heat of sudden sonic maelstroms.

HOW DOES IT SOUND? Like Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Bardo Pond and Sonic Youth, distilled down to its essence and then placed onto your tongue.