Cosy Moments

For the past decade-plus, Kinski has slowly made the transformation from a monolithic, mostly instrumental space-rock unit into a band that embraces the ramshackle scrap kicked out by garage dwellers of yore. The Seattle four-piece can still generate enough power to light a city block; now it just sounds like they’re having a little more fun. Cosy Moments (a reference to the title of a leftist magazine in a P.G. Wodehouse novel) is anything but cozy. But it is less rigid. These 10 compositions—which include four instrumentals—are more compact and hooky than anything Kinski has done. “Skim Milf” and “Last Day on Earth” sound like remnants from 1990, both clocking in at less than two minutes. The instrumentals are even a little more concise. And aside from the few cozy moments they provide, everything else is thoroughly cranked. It’s rock ’n’ roll that sounds like it comes from another planet. Compared to 2005’s Alpine Static, Cosy Moments is like AC/DC’s Back In Black next to Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation. But Kinski keeping it simple makes for just the right kind of noise pollution.