Album of the Week: KMRU | Logue

Joseph Kamaru, aka KMRU, collects sounds from his native Nairobi and environs, weaving them into sonic-scapes of pure delight.

Logue pulses like a heart beat buried below the earth, nature and notion combined to form slices of time imbued with a desire to connect, to transcend. Fragile, wistful, alive.

“Every track reflects an event, space or location,” Joseph writes. “The pieces are developed from field recordings, improvisation and spontaneity.”

And from an interview with Pitchfork:

I just share how I feel through my sound pieces. When I was playing techno or DJing, there was a point where I just wanted people to listen to how I was feeling with sounds. But it was hard because people didn’t want to listen. They wanted to dance. That’s good, I enjoy dancing, too. But I’m trying to invoke this listening situation. For me, the best way to do that is with field recordings. An artist who uses his voice as the main instrument, you’re listening to the lyrics. But with field recordings, you’re listening to the surroundings. There’s so much to learn and understand from our surroundings with these sounds. You need to listen.

I couldn’t agree more. You need to listen.