Plug Research Music, 2016
Review by Kent Manthie
One of the latest indie albums to hit the street is LXII, an EP representing the latest release from Adult Karate. So: make tracks to your nearest independent, “neighborhood” record shop and look for it – if not there, ask for it! Walk up to the clerk at the counter and let him know that you want to buy a copy of the new Adult Karate EP, LXII. He will, no doubt, inform you that “you know, uh, that, uh, you can…you know, download this album from the internet, or, at least, most likely find a copy available for sale on www.amazon.com – but, after politely listening to the spiel, you, who are, like, quite aware of the fact that you could either find a downloadable version on the web or that you could go to Amazon. Jesus, tell me something I don’t know! That clerk is right, though, even if he shouldn’t be telling customers they oughta go shop online at Amazon, for better deals (ha ha ha) – Amazon and like sites on the internet are making the physical “brick and mortar” stores more and more irrelevant, as people don’t have to go all over town to find something. They can usually locate it online, whatever the online mart it is. Anyway, I’m digressing here. So, back to our band, Adult Karate and this new EP that has just come out: LXII.
Adult Karate is the latest project by KC Maloney, who makes up half of the duo that is Radar Cult. Starting from where Radar Cult leaves off, in terms of a minimalistic, cryptic hybrid of myriad electronic based subgenres. Atmospheric austerity would be one way to describe, at least, in part, the Radar Cult/Adult Karate style. Somewhere I read one description of AK as “Haunted House Music”, albeit, I’d add to that, “…haunted by a long-dead German or German-inspired minimalist (maybe tied to the Bauhaus school of German minimalism, circa 1919-1929.
The music on LXII washes over you like a cold but exhilarating shower of sound. For one, the title track grabs a hold of you with its pulsating keyboards and synths, Maloney providing some reflective, self-aware lyrics, his singing like a plasma that keeps all the parts stuck together.
Some songs worth mentioning include “Chased”, hauntingly exhilarating House music. “This is Never” also has a bit of a dark, yet groovy with the smooth synths, the “nightmare vibes” that course through this, as well as its magical attraction. The final track, “So Low” is a duet with Adaline. It’s a nice way to bring one down from the headiness of the album as a whole.
Interested in finding out a little more or are you up for buying a copy? Well, check out: http://www.plugresearch.com/2016/08/adult-karate-so-low-feat-adaline/ – that’s a link to the video for “So Low”, featuring Adaline. Here is a site I found where you can buy LXII: https://themusic.today/release/adult-karate-lxii/7808663 – Happy Trails! -KM.