King Creosote - 'I DES'

9/10

Ever since he first emerged, Kenny Anderson's King Creosote project has never been one to skirt the lines of conformity. Usually adopting a broad and immersive aesthetic to compliment to his indie-folk agenda over the last few decades, his tenure has been littered with bright and dynamic delights that always seek to push the boundaries of his own personal ambitions. And after an unusual seven-year break since his last LP, he returns with 'I DES', a record that brings back those vibrant ideals once again.

Sharing more in common with his Jon Hopkins collaboration 'Diamond Mine' than anything else we have come to expect from him in recent years, 'I DES' makes for a wonderfully rich and moving listen. With his enigmatic voice layered across an eclectic mix of electronic and organic instrumentation throughout, his latest collection has this beautifully alluring quality to it. Not only allowing him to shine as a frontman, but also highlighting the beauty within its production as well.

Seven years is usually a fairly long time for an artist to try and get back into their groove, but Anderson shines at every point throughout this new offering. 'I DES' is not only a welcome return, but could go down as one of his most beloved outings to date.

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