Comparable to M83, Maribou State and Metronomy, Kimber capture a euphoric, breezy and yet reflective and melancholic synth heavy electronic-pop sound on their new single ‘Drive Me To The Sea’.
Creating a gentle, etherial tone with swelling synth pads over a driving 808 beat and a driving bass line, ‘Drive Me To The Sea’ instantly feels warmingly nostalgic with an 80s undertone within the rich sound pallet. As the tracks melancholic lead vocal enters the track’s modern edge shines through: emotive, heartfelt and deceptively catchy while dappled arpeggiators and electronic elements bounce around the soundscape.
Despite the downbeat, affecting tone of the tracks note selection and lead vocal, the breezy, otherworldly nature of the production gives the track a Caribou-esque brightness which pulls the track forward with.a purposeful drive.
Speaking further about the single, the band share: “Looking back, ‘Drive Me To The Sea’ was my therapy. I wrote the lyrics in an East London hospital in 2019 during a chaotic time of my life. Initially it was just an account of my thoughts in an attempt to make sense of what was going on. It was a direct stream of consciousness. But after nearly a year of adjusting to the event, I came back to what I’d written and formed the lyrics to ‘Drive Me To The Sea’. Writing throughout that time probably saved me from being someone I didn’t want to be.
The production matches the realism of the lyrics with the hurried drumline driving both the song and time forward while the impulsive vocals hold off committing to any structure or certainty, just as life rushes on without time to think or make sense of it all.”