EP REVIEW: Tom Kills “Semi”

It would be really easy to list a selection of artists that we feel might have influenced DIY electronic soloist Tom Kills, but it seems almost unfair. But what they hey, we will do it anyway. Kills boasts the innovation and vocal dexterity of David Bowie, while offering a consistency similar to Depeche Mode. Australian K Anderson downbeat playfulness is particularly evident on EP opener “Silly Little Self”, while it could even be claimed that some of Placebo’s Brian Molko’s nonchalance makes an appearance on “Catastrophe” before Gary Numan meets Phil Oakey on “Dvorian Gray”. Yet it is when Daft Punk lunch with The Avalanches and The Frontier Brothers on EP closer “Sex Robot” that everything kicks itself into a new gear.

It may sound as if we are trying to negate Kills’ effort with a non-stop list of similarities, yet there is something so distinct about Tom Kills that these comparatives should be taken with a pinch of salt. Kills is an artist that excites and enlightens with his radio friendly DIY fodder. While The Hurts-esque “Million Pieces” and “Dvorian Gray” offers perhaps the collections most chart friendly approach to songwriting, it is evident that there is far more to Tom Kills than meets the eye.

“Semi” is everything you could possibly want from an EP. It is enticingly haunting, unassumingly catchy and leaves you wanting more.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

VIDEO: K Anderson & Kal Lavelle “Indestructible”

It has been a while since we have been invited into K Anderson’s bedroom, but it appears that he has new bed sheets! But aside from the colourful linen, he also has one of our favourite singers of the moment Kal Lavelle beside him. Combined they take on Swedish songstress Robyn’s “Indestructible” and do a pretty good job of it really!

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The September issue contains:

Stornoway “A living, breathing Mark Twain novel.”
Levi Miller “I thought it was great to be famous enough to have your picture on a pencil case.”
Eliza Doolittle “I have something to work towards rather than something to live up to.”

Tye Matthew Harris “I believe a point comes when you have to change things in your life.”
Dog Is Dead “We’d like people to think of us as a choir and an orchestra making pop music.”
Chris Anthony “It is much better to be inspired than to think up new ideas if that makes sense.”
Example “I just want people to take my music for what it is.”
The Milk “We just play really well with each other.”
Motion City Soundtrack “We are like family. We have learned to live around each other.”

Freemasons “It is only a matter of time before albums are released as apps…”
Tara Mathew “I just feel transformed to a different world when I perform.”
K. Anderson “As a teenager all I listened to was music by lesbian.”

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Forgotten Gems:

Album: Shelby Lynne “I am Shelby Lynne”
Book: Jim Thompson The Killer Inside Me”
Film: Rebecca

Designer of the Month: Robot Alien Clothing

Albums: Locnville “Sun In My Pocket”, Capac “Pastels EP”, Fyfe Dangerfield “Fly Yellow Moon”, She Makes War “Disarm”, Aaron Wright and The Aprils “Behold A Pale Horse”
Singles of The Month: The Like “Wishing He Was Dead”. Dog is Dead “Young”
Live Music: V Festival, Kendal Calling , Summer Sundae, One Night Only, Wildbird & Peacedrums
Theatre: Corrie!, Sound Of Music, Joseph
Film: Robin Hood, Kick-Ass
Books: Matthew Yorke “Pictures of Lily”, JockyBoy26 “The Big Book of Gaydar (Uncut!)”

The Kaje Sessions: K Anderson

The Kaje Sessions presents K Anderson. The British born, Australian raised now London-based singer/songwriter has just released his debut album “The Overthinker”, a collection of songs he has written over the past five years. Describing himself as a boy singing lesbian songs, K cites Ani DiFranco as his ultimate inspiration. In a special performance for The Kaje Sessions, K Anderson gets in touch with his foxy side as he performs a rendition of “Same Kind Of Grim”.

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

I recorded the session in my super-king-size bed, which is where most of my thinking, plotting, eating and sleeping takes place.

What made you choose to use this location?

I scratched my head all day about a good spot to record the song, and then the skies opened up and started bucketing down, which pretty much made my decision for me. I am obsessed with this bed, though, and could spend my entire day in it with no qualms.

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

I once played after Punch and Judy at a festival in Manchester. Punch was totally jealous that I got the headlining spot.

What made you choose “Same Kind of Grim” for the session?

Rainy days always make me think of ‘Same Kind of Grim’ – it’s a song about accepting that which you cannot change, and getting on with life.  I wrote it during a miserable winter when I was getting crabby at any slight blip in my life. I learnt not to grumble about the rain, because once it has finished you are left with a clean slate and a chance to start again.

If like K Anderson, you would like to demonstrate your abilities (be it singing, acting, painting, comedy, poetry – anything goes!) on The Kaje Sessions, simply e-mail thekaje@thekaje.com with details of the talent you’d like to demonstrate!

ALBUM REVIEW: K Anderson “The Overthinker”

Record Label: Edna Records
Release Date: 11.08.2010

“I’m growing up and giving in” declares on album opener “This Changes Everything” that he is”. Naming himself “The Overthinker”, the British born, Australian raised now Britain based singer/songwriter has spent much of the last five years pondering life and transposing his thoughts to songs. In many ways his opening statement is one that is evident throughout his debut album. A mixture of the despondent and the celebratory, the twentysomething is no longer a “bulletproof kid” and appears uncertain whether adulthood warrants celebration or not.

Anderson’s uncertainties prove to be to the music lovers advantage. Mixing occasionally melancholic lyrics with upbeat settings or the reverse, his debut album “The Overthinker” is exquisitely thought provoking and uplifting simultaneously. With barely the need for a skip button (ok, so the depressing “Foxes” and bizarre “T-Shirt Collection” could have been omitted from the release), Anderson proves that sometimes over-analysing situations reaps rewards.

Though Anderson has a seeming preference for the melancholic, it is when he lets his hair down that “The Overthinker” excels. “The bedroom jig of “Shrug”, toe tapper “Boy In Pearls” and teenage angst stomp of “Bulletproof Kids” are clear highlights. However, the wistful ode “Spoons” and longing pangs of “Don’t Waste Your Arrows” are proof that attempts at the ballad are not always amiss.

Anderson has described “The Overthinker” as “lesbian songs by a boy”, but what he has created is a universally relatable collection of life in the twenties. A plethora of mixed emotion and ageing angst, Anderson is unafraid to say what many of us keep locked inside.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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