Local Music Review: Men in the Kitchen – adrift

Local Music Reviews

Men in the Kitchen

Streets: 09.18.18
Men in the Kitchen = Neon Indian + Toro y Moi + Craft Spells

Dreamy effects, subtle droning vocals, and a vintage atmosphere, make up the sound that Men in the Kitchen have produced so masterfully and with the release of adrift that hasn’t changed. Through a cloud of shifting samples, adrift is a haunting manifestation of finding purpose through melancholy uncertainty.

The opening track, “You, is a dreamy expression of feeling alone and without a meaning outside of a singular person, opening with a subtle gust and a faint beat from a drum machine. With lyrics talking about being lonely in a city full of people, the track speaks to the idea that it’s not where you are that creates comfort or happiness—it’s something you need to feel in yourself.

As adrift continues, the song “in the garden” stands out, as an instrumental track with its looping synths that create a minimalistic sound, allowing itself to be listened to completely barebones with ease. Next comes “death,” a vintage-sounding track that is distorted and dreary in all the right ways. The vocals are delivered with an amount of despair that feels hopeless and are paired with distant drums and a cool, calm bass line—it’s a must hear. adrift closes out with “re: collection,” another instrumental that is so minimal it is basically lowercase music. By featuring slow, subtle note changes with minor-pitch changes that come in later is a perfect, eerie track to send this album off.

Men in the Kitchen has continued to make delightfully sulky music and seems to want to connect with people through his music and for them to feel something from listening to it just as much as he feels making it. Men in the Kitchen states in the description that they’ve hoped anyone listening could attach their own memories to their music. After listening to it, its hard not relate to the mood and lyrics created. –Connor Brady