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Released: 03.11.23







For the casuals among us, I DES marks the first widely issued King Creosote record for a whopping seven years. There have been plenty of miscellaneous releases in the meantime, of course, but let’s face it – even Kenny Anderson himself probably struggles to keep track.

Regardless, in both quality and quantity, this new Domino venture has been well worth the wait. There’s a maximalist ebullience incorporating vibraphone, synth, accordion and plenty besides. There’s a 36-minute drone-based closer. And at the heart of it all, there’s Anderson’s uniquely emotive voice, nailing all its familiar, undiluted chords, whether contemplating the universe with optimism on Blue Marbled Elm Trees or our fragility within it on pensive standout Dust. However you choose to consume the KC catalogue, I DES makes for a stellar addition.


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