Record review: Conquering Animal Sound – On Floating Bodies [Chemikal Underground]


There is an airy confidence which dislocates itself into tiny fragments around the beautifully bold landscapes composed within Glasgow duo Conquering Animal Sound’ latest release On Floating Bodies.

There is a courteous visceral curiosity that attaches itself onto the bends and breaks of the patterns within the tracks on this record.

For instance the synthetic arrangements on ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ are effectively built over what sounds a basic backdrop of synthesized electronic beats, but listen more carefully and suddenly there is a carnivorous complexity which bristles and pierces into Anneke Kampmann’s curdling, sonically inducing vocals.

There is a depth and intelligence pacing around every note she hits.

“Maybe I’ll turn my back on you” Kampmann bellows over a loosely buttoned disco beat, as the track nourishes into something so counter-contemporary and futuristic that it truly encapsulates originality.

Free flowing and fearless originality at that, which is as intriguing as it is mind blowing.

This rare and blessed sound owes a lot to the fact that there is not one untended second across this entire record.

On Floating Bodies is the result of perseverance.

That it took eighteen months of tweaking and evolving for Kampmann and James Scott to finally emerge with an album they were completely satisfied with speaks volumes for the amount of patience that went into the entire writing process.

However, the most rewarding part is that this record charms and delights equally.

There is warm trust invested into the simplicity and smoothness that manages to cavalcade into both ‘Gloss’ and the seemingly Wild Beasts inspired ‘A Noise Remains’.

It would have been remarkably easy for this record to have sounded over manipulated and devoid of character, but it flawlessly avoids such loose and vague anecdotes with tracks such as ‘Mimese’.

Honing into a plethora of crooning and howling, the beautifully placated harmonies never once condense or negate from the rest of the music.

Album closer ‘Inner/Outer/Other’ is arguably the most celebrated piece of music in this entire release.

Clocking in at just over two-minutes; Conquering Animal Sound pull together absolutely everything that has made On Floating Bodies so vital such as the symmetric vocal patterns, dissimilated rhythm sections and distorted semantic landscapes to create something truly fascinating.

Words: Chris Kelman


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