Album Review: Civilisation II [EP] by Kero Kero Bonito
Excellent, Based on 3 Critics
Under The Radar - 85 Based on rating 8.5/10
British indie pop trio Kero Kero Bonito have long been ever-changeable, darting between new transformations in sound and style with each new release. Previously, the band have prefaced these shifts with an EP, as with the TOTEP EP pointing to the noisy, dreamy, and insanely catchy indie rock of Time n' Place. Once again the band heralded a new era in 2019, this time with a danceable synth pop existential odyssey, Civilisation I.
Past and future bangers
ll. Kero Kero Bonito are chill and I'm jealous. Their deadpan is chill, their bangers are chill, their frankness is chill, the bulk of their detractors do not come off as chill and are therefore unfit for comment, and, conversely, people will assume you are chill for enjoying them no matter how much wider anxiety or inadequacy you may be directly addressing by specific means of deadpan, frank, chill bangers.
Though they came up in the same scene that produced A.G. Cook, GFOTY, and Hannah Diamond, Kero Kero Bonito's hyperpop always had a more personal touch. On 2013's Intro Bonito and 2016's Bonito Generation, the London trio synthesised a nostalgic and unruly palette of influences ranging from J-pop to post-punk, creating a modern sound that paid tribute to the trio's hometowns--the London suburbs for producers Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled, and Otaru, Japan, for vocalist Sarah Midori Perry.