Dillon – Kind (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 34:54 minutes | 340 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © [PIAS] Recordings Germany
What Dominique Dillon de Byington is more afraid of: Skydiving or writing songs? In the video for her current single “Shades Fade”, the Brazilian singer leaps daring out of a plane into a sea of clouds. No sign of doubt or fear. The lyrics for their second album, The Unknown were for Dillon, however, a ragging with themselves, sometimes real ordeal.
On the successor child you can not feel it anymore. The sound is still melancholic, sometimes even apathetic, and Dillon’s voice still sounds like a constant cold. But the songwriter, singer and pianist more often trusts her spontaneous inspirations. “The Present” seems to have been recorded in the home garden. At the beginning you hear the beep of a smartphone dictaphone, then Dillon improvises a vocal melody. In the background: birdsong.
The rest of the arrangements are much more through-produced, though they remain committed to a minimalist approach. This is especially true for the Opener with Dirk von Lowtzow breathed. Like this one, “Stem & Leaf” presents sombre brass, while the polyglot “Lullaby” plays with percussion and suggests skeletonized electronica in pieces like “Contact Us” club music. “If you do not dance, I do not sing,” says Dillon here. On Kind she makes a sublime development: In the end, she asserted herself in the second part of the title track against pounding drums and technoid layered synth loops. Dillon does not have to worry about his own failure. Who dismisses her as an Epigonin of Lykke Li, just did not listen properly.
02. Stem & Leaf
03. Shades Fade
05. Te Procuro
06. The Present
07. Regular Movements
08. Contact Us
09. Killing Time
10. 2. Kind