Head Like A Kite

What happens when the party speakers fade to twilight? After nearly a decade of releasing what URB magazine calls “true genre-twisted party albums that appropriately capture the sounds of an eclectic America,” Head Like A Kite’s bombastic beats and euphoria transform into the cinematic afterglow of No Two Walk Together. Head Like a Kite’s David Einmo has always mixed lush production and surreal ambience within genre-bending albums. Mixing elements of electronic music, hip hop, and hooky DIY rock, HLAK ‘s previous releases climbed to the coveted #1 spot on tastemaker KEXP’s charts, garnering praise from the Los Angeles Times to the London Times, and launching tours of Japan, Guam, and throughout the United States. But music should be daring.

Rather than repeat the same proven formula on this new release, Einmo twists the mixing knob all the way to his ambient side. On No Two Walk Together, HLAK’s lush, horror soundscapes explore the dark, musical journey of film noir. Creepy becomes alluring and beautiful. Inspiring the short horror film by the same title, No Two Walk Together takes listeners on a cinematic, atmospheric voyage into sonic bliss.

Recorded in Chicago with drummer and producer Brian Deck (Sub Pop’s Red Red Meat, Califone, Modest Mouse), the title track, “No Two Walk Together,” opens with Taryn Webber’s moody and foreboding viola and Einmo’s echo-drenched guitars. The two instruments embrace in eerie unison, colliding in the shimmering cosmos above the deep heartbeat of a piano’s bass key.

The mood grows darker on the second track, “Satan Is Angry,” a David Lynch-esque emotive soundtrack digging deeper into the fertile ground of menacing beauty.

On “Return to Order,” Head Like a Kite paints of new world order. The ground slowly changes under our feet until ultimately the tide comes crashing down on us (spoiler alert). Joined by Deck’s percussion, “Return to Order” builds and pushes like a cinematic Krautrock dagger.

Longtime fans of Head Like A Kite may wonder if the ambient nature of No Two Walk Together marks the end of HLAK’s party-fueled, confetti drenched live shows. This seems unlikely.  Instead, No Two Walk Together highlights the extension of HLAK’s journey into sonic possibilities.