K-X-P announce III Part II, out 11th March 2016 on Öm / Svart
Stream and share ‘Freeway’ below
Take the themes of: fear of war, paranoia, euphoria, dark sexuality and a cosmic new age and imagine them in the industrial backdrop of 1970s Sheffield and you have Timo Kaukolampi’s vision for what the fourth K-X-P album ‘III Part II’ sounds and looks like.
The Finnish group – the core unit of which has now long comprised of the trio: Timo Kaukolampi (electronics, vocals and the ‘K’), Tuomo Puranen (bass, keyboards and the ‘P’), and alternating drummers (the ‘X’ – for the mystery) Tomi Leppänen and Anssi Nykänen – are once again found to be breaking territory in the second part of their album III. If Part I was the brooding, rising and tension-ensconced opening act then Part II is the climatic and explosive finale that wraps up the thirteen tracks that stretches across the two releases. It’s a rare feat to be able to create a second half to something that feels both unique and of its own character as well as be something that retains coherence and conclusion but K-X-P has succeeded in doing just that.
Stream and share ‘Freeway’
Like a film that was filmed in one go and then the split in two to tell the story in more detail, Part II was recorded at the same time as Part I in the unique location Suomenlinna, a World Heritage fortified island in front of Helsinki. Kaukolampi recalls the journey (via boat) to get there to record, “It is a ride over the dark grey waters and it is a calming transition. When you get to the island you can exhale and empty yourself from the zeitgeist of this crazy world. It is the place nearest to Helsinki that is so quiet you can hear your own tinnitus.”
III Part II is both an immediate yet challenging listen, one that is as fun as it is experimental and fluid as it is unpredictable and further proof of the inimitable distinctiveness of K-X-P. Dive in head first with lead single ‘Freeway’ a song Timo invites you to “Transcend into the metalevel of your brain”.
K-X-P UK/EU Tour
1 March 16 – Stockholm, SE – Geronimo’s – [http://www.tickster.com/sv/events/alydhgu1mugcpx4/2016-03-01/k-x-p-fin]
2-3 March 16 – Oslo, NO – By:Larm – [http://www.billettservice.no/artist/bylarm-tickets/606993?language=en-us]
4 March – Gothenburg, SE – Woad Dad HQ – [www.billetto.se/woah-kxp]
5 March – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen – [http://burl.nu/i4c3xq]
11 March – London, UK – Label Mates@Shacklewell Arms with Sudakistan – [https://tickets.songkick.com/events/25804289]
12 March – Manchester, UK – Cosmosis Festival @Victoria Warehouse – [http://www.seetickets.com/artist/k-x-p/671909]
12 April – Amsterdam, NL – And The Rest is Noise presents @ De School – [https://www.facebook.com/deschoolamsterdam/app/172604052767988/]
13 April – Opwijk, BE – De Nijdrop – [https://nijdrop.ticketmatic.com/addevent.php?a=mOhe9yiQflI&e=U362HTM–i0&s=80cswBbInpo&l=nl]
15 April – Basel, CH – Hischeneck – [http://www.hirscheneck.ch/der-kalender.html]
16 April – Martigny, CH – Les Caves Du Manoir – [https://www.petzitickets.ch/event_description.php?event_id=33484]
19 April – Berlin, DE – Kantine Berghain – [http://www.eventim.de/tickets.html?fun=evdetail&affiliate=KSG&doc=evdetailb&key=1577429$7288171&xtor=AL-6071]
20 April – Dresden, DE – Scheune – [http://www.eventim.de/tickets.html?fun=evdetail&affiliate=KSG&doc=evdetailb&key=1577429$7296473&xtor=AL-6071]
19-21 May – Brighton, UK – The Great Escape – [http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/feature/thegreatescape/?language=en-us]
8th and 9th July – Pohoda, SK – Pohoda Festival – [http://www.pohodafestival.sk/interpreti/]