Kammerspeil is, on the surface, quite an intimidating prospect. Aesthetically the cover to the debut album by Conquering Animal Sound, is cold, bleak and angular. Added to that is the prospect of an album named after a 1920s silent German film movement (characterised by its lack of intricate set design), and the mouth is not exactly left watering with anticipation. But, as the old adage goes, don't judge a book (or album) by its cover, and never has it been more true than in this case.

Underneath the cover of Kammerspiel is a delicate, warm, expertly crafted set of songs which evoke a whole spectrum of colours and images. The masterminds behind it are James Scott and Anneke Kampman, based out of Glasgow. They have a mantra; the three R's: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, and this mantra is evident right through their work. Anneke's striking vocals are looped, layered and syncopated, the beats are created out of looped hisses, and bass synth lines, and the occasional rogue maraca. Scores of what appear to be children's toy pianos are used sparingly, but with great affect, and end up creating something that sounds really rather special. There are Scandinavian vibes running throughout this album for sure, comparisons with Bjork are already being made frequently, and understandably so, the production is similar to that in Homogenic, and vocally there are some similarities. Last track 'Ira' is a fitting way to end the album, its haunting vocals ebb and flow leaving a mesmerising calm that sums up the entire ethos of the album from start to end.

Home made in its entirety, this album is a remarkable debut, and one that is full of surprises, even from the moment the album sleeve is first set eyes upon. The thought behind the naming process; of silent films with poor set design, becomes much clearer after a first listen. The structure in these songs is loose, and the atmosphere changes constantly, much like that of a silent film. There is method behind this madness, thoughtful, unique and enthralling method at that.

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