Kairos - White Hinterland
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 90
    A transportive offering in a record full of them--strangely relatable, hauntingly beautiful and in the truest sense, exquisite.
  2. Equally, those who delighted in unravelling ["Phylactery Factory"]knotty, brilliant album will emerge dazed and blinking into the wide spaces and sweet melodies of Kairos.
  3. Kairos is an intimate account on how stripping things down to a minimum whilst keeping a clear focus on limitations can actually lay emphasis on more unique songwriting.
  4. Casey Dienel and partner Shawn Creeden have created something that has a sense of the familiar yet also a simultaneous feeling of fresh investigation, a record with frequent moments of measured and finely balanced beauty but also a restive application of shifting textures to create a nuanced patchwork of sounds that keep their piquant flavour with repetitive listening.
  5. 80
    Casey and collaborator Shawn Creeden deliver a bold album that eschews their previous organic approach in favour of a more electronic direction. The effect is intoxicating. [Apr 2010, p.92]
  6. As languid as the whole affair is, it’s hardly sleepy, as Dienel can switch from pixie crooner (“Moon Jam”) to sweet soul sister (“Begin Again”) at the flip of a switch, resulting in a collection of bedroom songs that not only engage upon first listen, but beg to played throughout the rest of the house, as well.
  7. Although each track sounds different, there's an admirable flow across the whole album.
  8. Kairos represents a bold step for Dienel and White Hinterland, a re-imagining of the music-making process and an example of musical experimentation and evolution.
  9. As with the band’s previous full-length, Kairos never fails to be listenable.
  10. It's brave pop omnivorism, with Daniel and friends grabbing whatever they need in the name of reinvention. [Winter 2010, p.66]
  11. 60
    The way the elements hang together effortlessly on "Cataract" is worthy of Bat for Lashes, or even Bjork. [Apr 2010, p.109]
  12. Some of the pleasures of Kairos come from the grooves and the surfaces, which can be quite beautiful and lush. Yet just as often, the pleasures are in listening past those, being surprised to find how disarming the lyrics can sometimes be.
  13. Kairos is not an album completely devoid of charm. The R&B influence gives the songs a weight they might otherwise lack.
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  1. Nov 3, 2010
    10
    I love White Hinterland and this album is perfect. A great improvement over their past work and I hope she keeps performing this way in future projects. Love the sounds and the emotions this album invokes. A must listen to almost anyone that loves beautiful and yet a bit dark music. Full Review »