Mixtape Review: 'Das Anton' by KIEFF
Fast growing Dutch rock band KIEFF released a mixtape which contains a combination of old and new songs. This collection, of which most are recorded with Dutch legend Henk Koorn of Hallo Venray, has been shared with the world and its nothing short of a riff-filled, toe-tapping piece of art.
Introduction ‘If Only’ has a screaming, punk-like spoken word feel to it and gives a punch in the stomach as if to say “this is only the beginning, you’ve got seven more singles coming your way!”
Second single ‘No Credit’ has a less upset feeling to it and begins with mellow guitar-lines and calming, chanting vocals. Righteous harmonies and soft hooks make ‘No Credit’ a very credible and peerless track that, without being repetitive, gets promptly stuck in your head.
Follow-up is ‘Real Men Drink Soft Lemonade’, which is one of the older tracks that was released last year and is a song with a kick and many unexpected twists and turns. It’s a short and snappy all-over-the-place piece of work.
And talking about short, ‘Copy Shop 2.0’ is not even a minute long and feels like a sprint to a finish that isn’t even in sight yet.
‘Yr Monkey’ is the other single that had already been released last year, and with a slow but intriguing introduction to its story it is a sigh of relief and a bit of a break between up tempo and hasty songs. There are less lyrics to this one, which gives the listener time to listen to the musical talent that lurks in KIEFF.
The lovely and chilled break continues with ‘Ian’. This track features a laid-back guitar-filled opening, followed up by rhythmic drum-beats and riffing guitar-lines and seems to be the bridge between the first and second half of the mixtape.
Now that the break is over, we get introduced to ‘Copy Shop’, a track with a repeating rhythm as if we’re marching for a political cause. I feel the energy pumping through my body on the beat of the song. Changing tempo throughout the song, ‘Copy Shop’ is a surprise for the mind and ears, ending with agitated screaming to reinforce its message. I must admit that I’m not sure what the message is, but in a weird and endearing way, I really like it.
Last and longest single on this mixtape is ‘Tuesday’, and even though I never really used to like Tuesdays, I am going to change my mind after hearing this one. This song has a more traditional sound, one that, unlike the other singles on this mixtape, comes closest to what mainstream listeners like nowadays.
Even though all singles on ‘Das Anton’ have their own raw personality and are hard to compare to anything I’ve heard before, there is a red wire that connects them all. The red wire in question being the KIEFF signature sound, and for a band consisting of twenty-somethings it really shows how much talent these individuals have.
I am happy that the young lads found each other and very curious about what they will be releasing in the future.