Division Kent is a two piece from Zurich, Switzerland that plays swirling, dark new wave rock composed of two members; vocalist Andrea B. and instrumentalist Sky Antinori. Their music is at times dark and heavy, calling to mind the work of psychedelic indie band Midnight Movies due to the ominous melodies and sultry voice of Andrea B. While this is the primary musical mode the band is set in there are some fun surprises along the way.
Right off the bat the band set a mood with the atmospheric "No Kryptonite" that calls to mind Blonde Redhead. "Pat the PanAm Pilot", starts off with some quirky keyboards and a skeptical narrative of the life of a successful pilot. From there the energetic "She's Going Places" takes flight with guitar work and a beat that sounds like a fusing of Lali Puna and the Cure. "The Big Hush" is another experiment in combining a heavy atmosphere with haunting vocals. The track "In The Headlights" separates itself from the rest of the album using ultra bendy bass and a Casio beat that gives way to the most memorable chorus on the album. I could see this track being used in a dramatic scene of a movie. For all I know it might be already.
Once the album gets through most of it's down tempo song, the arrangements, clicks, beats and synths really shine. "L'huere Blue" erupts with a dark 80's pop sensibility and cascades of melodies and bells. Perfect for your retro goth prom. If "L'huere Blue" is an entrance song to said retro goth prom, then "Rooftop Rallye" is the party starter. Waves of aggressive bass pulse as Andrea B. purrs her way through the song. The next track is the most fun off of the album, entitled "Offshore", featuring the most upbeat vocals and guitars that call to mind VHS or Beta in their heyday. The album winds down with the slinky duet "Salty" and comes to a close with the hauntingly programmed number "The Year of Magical Thinking".
All the attention to detail makes Division Kent worth listening to. There are a couple spots on here where their formula, no matter how well done, feels worn out, dark electronica rock with deep sensual female vocals, we get it. It's when Division Kent change up their style a little bit that they really shine, on tracks like "L'Heure Blue" and "Offshore" where their sound moves past brooding girl territory and into kicking electro rock pathos. Whether you're looking for music to sulk dramatically to or music to get the party started, Division Kent has what you need.