Civilisation II

Kero Kero Bonito - Civilisation II
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2021 Ratings: #25
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With their most lush and detailed production yet, seamlessly shifting genre influences, and increasingly creative songwriting, Civilisation II is another welcome addition to the Kero Kero Bonito story.

What three tracks they are though, as they represent the multi-faceted joy of a band who can do it all
What is most impressive about ‘Civilisation II’ is how KKB manage to tackle such worldly themes without ever sounding contrived. It’s a testament to a band continuously looking to innovate.
The pop trio explore mythic past, isolated present and ambiguous future on this three-track release, which finds them as fun and thought-provoking as ever.
This EP shows the band exploring synth pop with their most fluid arrangements and ambitious songwriting to date.

The news is hardly any less grim since 2019’s Civilisation I, but the UK pop trio’s second entry considers the emotional toll of disaster with ingenuity, wit, and a warm, bright sound.

FLOOD Magazine

The alt-pop trio’s youthful energy was certainly not lost through quarantine, as their refreshing Civilisation II EP solidifies the band’s unmatched eclectic and youthful spirit.

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Kero Kero Bonito's Civilisation II, a project that was expected by the end of 2019 or early 2020, is a testament to what the Covid pandemic has brought upon everyone. I have been anxiously waiting 3 years for a studio LP that never came last year, and likely will be out about 2 years late in 2022.

The band seems all the same while also having some stark contrasts. A major rumor that circled around was the lack of band ... read more
kero kero bonito prove they truly are well rested as the group resumes their indefinite prime.

they release ‘civilisation II’ on their own terms, dropping an unexpected double single to complete this ep.

the extended runtime of “well rested” helps its structure by allowing the song to expand and relax. instead of kero kero bonito’s extremely tight musical parameters, which result in excellence, this song has more of an exploratory nature. thus, more space is ... read more
14 minutes of Kero Kero Bonito at their finest! Admittedly, I haven't heard the first Civilisation EP or a bulk of Kero Kero Bonito's discography outside of Bonito Generation which acted as my introduction their world and it was a great introduction at that, I wasn't anticipating this EP either since I only found out about its existence last night and as I'm writing this review up I am tired as hell so my thoughts do feel a little scrambled, but based off of my first listen of this thing I was ... read more

Kero Kero Bonito is so consistent in their quality and writing. It shocks me they haven't made an EP or album that people found to be lackluster. And Civ II is no exception.

Take the Sophmore LP Time'n'Place and add a SNES and flash game flair, and you get this treat of an EP. The highly glossy synths and vocal harmonies, along with busy instrumentals and poppy sound create one of KKB's most consistent and memorable projects despite its 3 song Length.

Taking a ... read more
why is the cover so stimulating am i going insane
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Added on: February 23, 2021