Kilter knows how to straddle the space between underground electronic and mainstream pop. Through The Distortion is an experimental testament to this. It’s highly accessible – some tracks work on radio, others deep in the club in the wee morning hours.
The album is introduced by Ritmo with a beautiful synth arpeggio build with echoes of distorted voices singing, until it comes alive as if a robot is pouring its heart out to us.
The experimentation continues throughout the album, yet still maintains Ned East’s Aussie tropical dance style with filthy bass, pop vocals and synths like you’re dancing in firelight on a Fijian island. This is definitely true of Shut It Down, a super-fun electro-dancehall track featuring Melbourne vocalist Yaw Faso.
Then there’s the wailing sounds over fat distorted bass stabs in They Don’t Know Us and I Hear You, keeping those features and pop toplines going. If you’re not a fan of the pop style it may get tiring in spite of the delicious production. LANKS in Count On Me, who shines elsewhere, almost sounds like a male Courtney Barnett, which plenty of people would like, but if not, there’s still tracks like Shatter and Badai to get weird to in the club, or on the beach, or in the kitchen, or wherever else you enjoy a good boogie.
Kilter – Through The Distortion
Released: 9 June, 2017 via etcetc Music