Kinder Machines

by Beaten by Them

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    Comes in high quality packaging with nary a piece of plastic to be found. Includes 16 page digibook designed by Angelo Kanaris. This numbered, limited edition will never be reproduced using the same art design ever. Get yours while they last.

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The San Francisco-cum-New York-cum-Melbourne, Australia-based quintet have been a secret handshake of sorts amongst lovers of the instrumental post-rock idiom. But Kinder Machines aims to take them to a new plateau of listenership, working alongside Tom Waits’ go-to engineer Oz Fritz to incorporate Beatles-like orchestral sweep, New York¬-era Lou Reed gristle, and back country Americana into their unique spin on Tortoise a la TNT. Seek this out ASAP, especially if you are a fan of the Thrill Jockey and Temporary Residence labels.

-- Dirty Impound

Refreshing idea alert: put six guys in a room with a variety of instruments, hit record, and let an album happen. If this isn’t exactly what happened with “Kinder Machines,” it is certainly the vibe that was captured, and in an age of ever-expanding digitization of the processes involved in making a record, you’ve got a real gem on your hands when you recreate that feeling.

-- Nick McGarvey

"The third album from the San Francisco/New York/Melbourne five piece, and it doesn't disappear down the lift shaft and fall into the “Lift Music” category which instrumental albums sometimes do. Each of the pieces is a discrete entity, with its own intelligent, layered script. The weaving, hypnotic tracks feed your imagination, each painting a picture. Even the limited edition hard covered book album cover whispers artistry and understated style. A slow burner." 8/10

-- Americana UK

"The band masterfully mixes the traditional with the modern; stirring acoustics and percussion with the low ebb of synthesizers. The songs do more than provide background noise; rather, they spin a quiet tale strong enough to evoke emotions and nostalgia."

-- Jennifer Barron

"The music is almost theatrical in a sense. It would be easy to see these songs played throughout an indie style movie or something of that nature. They aren’t in your face or blasting into the listener’s ear; rather, they fall among the style of soft intelligence."

-- The Aquarian Weekly

"Not exactly like anything I know, and stimulating without seeming as if BBT are trying very hard to get there. When a group of musicians is this talented; this in sync with each other, what’s in a name?"

-- My Old Kentucky Blog


released October 16, 2012




Beaten by Them San Francisco, California

BEATEN BY THEM is a multi-national quintet currently consisting of guitarist Andrew Harris, guitarist and keyboardist Max McCormick, cellist Boima Tucker, bassist Spencer Murray and drummer Jeff Ardziejewski. The group has set their creative ambitions to write and perform rock music that transcends stylistical barriers.

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