Release Date: Jul 12, 2005
Record label: Sub Pop
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Kinski will never run out of bitchin' titles. Proven: 1999's Space Launch for Frenchie, the 2003 LP Airs Above Your Station, and Alpine Static in 2005. The rhythms are more deliberate in parts of Static -- occasionally there's a whiff of stoner rock, or maybe Burning Brides without vocals -- but the consistent pace of "Hot Stenographer" and "Hiding Drugs in the Temple, Pt.
Every fan and detractor knows the formula: Kinski alternately cajoles and pummels with warm droney passages and all-out riff-based assaults, sometimes building to climaxes, sometimes launching headlong into them. Last year’s Don’t Climb On and Take the Holy Water, presented under the Herzog moniker, offered a glimpse into some latent orchestrated possibilities, apparent in retrospect on Airs Above your Station but not really that album’s MO. Alpine Static presents a fairly radical shift in group dynamics and deployment, successfully incorporating the sonic wash of Holy Water into the Kinski model while often stretching the boundaries of said model almost to its breaking point.