King Creosote - I Des
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2023 Ratings: #49 / 757
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Based on 46 ratings
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November 3, 2023 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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On I DES, Kenny Anderson is fascinated with, in denial of, and mourning the belief that life is just the time each of us borrows from the universe.

Kenny Anderson returns with his first album in seven years, a slowburning set of songs full of delicate beauty and affecting, idiosyncratic warmth.
The Skinny

King Creosote's latest album I DES is a largely jubilant and life-affirming meditation on life and mortality.

Built on enigmatic synths, fractured loops and towering indie rock soundscapes I DES is resolutely Scottish; an ink blue loch where accordion drones and Anderson’s canny voice evoke an invigorating space where one can wander and lose themselves.
The manic, galloping "Susie Mullen" proves Anderson's still got a nose for fun.
If life's what you make it, here Anderson makes it sound very beautiful indeed.

Wow, what a comeback from one of the greatest Scottish artists after seven years of inactivity. Beautiful songwriting, very (maybe too) clean production, great lyrics and awesome meld of electronics and acoustics. AND he was daring enough to put a 36-minute drone / psych rock track at the end of a folktronica album. Big pat on the back for this wise man.

And holy shit. That last song. Just.... what the actual fuck. It goes from sounding like Natural Snow Buildings, to crazy psychedelic rock, ... read more


"One day U2 will be dust" - say it ain't so Bono


Seriously delivers on the hype I got from the singles, a grand and melodramatic bit of folktronica that manages to squeeze every bit of emotion it possibly can without being a grating or exhausting listen. “Blue Marbled Elm Trees” still hits me where it hurts, “Dust” reminds me of Low Roar in the best way possible, and fuck me, that title track. One of the most potent piano ballads I have heard in a very long time, with Kenny delivering a career-defining vocal ... read more

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Added on: October 12, 2023