Review: Having been described as something of a short-lived (ethereal) stoner trio, Kanaan rise from the ashes with their first official release, Windborne, six tracks of pure, instrumental psychedelia. Made up of members from legendary French industrial metal band Treponem Pal and associated act Dirge, the freshly hailed Norwegian group Kanaan on this debut outing successfully fuse free-jazz with post-rock and touches of metal with a mass of '70s avant garde inspirations. The cruising (Eno & krautrock referencing) "Harmonia" a highlight amidst the Sabbath-like "Act Upon The Mundane World" and its radical title-track "Windborne".
Review: Karen O and Danger Mouse are both serial collaborators, so when this joint album was announced we weren't all that surprised. Even so, we never thought the resultant set would be quite as good as this. Atmospheric, rich and full of songs that variously touch on sweeping cinematic soundtracks, driving Motown soul, fuzzy funk-rock, vintage trip-hop and hazy electronica, "Lux Prima" manages to showcase the best of both artists' talents while refusing to settle on one neatly defined sound. The set's dizzying highs - particularly the near 10-minute title track - are almost breathtakingly good, and there's enough jaunty moments to offset the heart-aching melancholy and emotional pain that's barely concealed throughout.