KLEN – “Compendium/Consortium”


A throwback garage-rock fervency, with quivering vocal theatrics and nostalgic guitar swipes, consumes on “Compendium/Consortium,” the new single from KLEN, an act based in Penryn, UK. The self-dubbed “freakbeat beatniks” blend punk, garage, and ’60s UK freakbeat with a stylish vigor, which on “Compendium/Consortium” complements a thematic aim described as “a real-time narrative of a satirical fantasy board meeting at a multinational conglomerate.”

Decisive guitar movements complement a commanding vocal presence, which traverses seamlessly into a moment of climactic pulsations prior to the one-minute turn. That evolves into an otherworldly vocal murmur and synth-y intrigue, before launching into a title-referencing vocal affirmation. “Compendium/Consortium” proves gripping in its various elements, from the spacious arrival into the hooky title to the steadily excitable verses. Also praised for their memorable live performances, KLEN is clearly a talented project poised for a quick ascent.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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