Evocative Lyricism from Mount Kimbie and James Blake

Mount Kimbie are back with a new song and music video. “We Go Home Together” marks the first new track from the duo of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos since the release of their album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth back in 2013. The new song features vocals from long-time Kimbie collaborator James Blake, who seemingly hasn’t taken a break since releasing his accomplished 2016 album, The Colour in Anything. The English crooner has lent his talents to the new Mount Kimbie single, a soulful, organ-backed number that pivots away from the high-budget pop Blake’s recently embraced, slotting him into a jam that is surprisingly modest, simple, and often imperfect.

On first listen, “We Go Home Together” feels like a demo. There’s barely a fistful of sounds here: purely a tambourine thumping in the background, an electric organ wheezing sadly, and some ambient warble filling out the margins. However, this frayed minimalism is a great complement to Blake’s sandpaper-rough vocals—a far cry from the glossy, tightly produced voice he flashed on The Colour in Anything. They even leave moments of Blake’s voice cracking, refusing to cover up this breathy mistake with post-production work. Sounding like it was created in one take, it may feel despairingly short, with a disorder that previously didn’t seem possible for either Mount Kimbie or Blake. Yet that makes the song more affecting; the organic imperfectness adds to the ambience, a stark sound that listeners seek more of.

Accompanied by a short film from artist Frank Lebon, like the track the video flaunts delicate and abstract craftsmanship. Music is made physical through eclectic collaged imagery, with multiple layering of footage documenting a sense of journey to grasp inner peace, the phrase “It’s the best it could have been” emerging across the screen, reminding us to relish the quiet moments of youth.

This is almost the opposite of the carefully produced, spotless songs from Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. “We Go Home Together” is not a fun song, to say the least, but signals that Mount Kimbie are touching the surface of a new musical world. It’s also not an electronic song, but something closer to their take on gospel. Even if the single sounds like them publicly figuring out where they go next, it’s thrilling to see them try something so different.

words by Lucy Cunningham

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