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SpaceLaunch For Frenchie

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Staring
7:08
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Floundering & Fluctuating
5:55
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Lecker
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Party
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Jetstream
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Losing Touch With My Mind
6:42
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Loud With Drinks (Demo)
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Let Me Know When We're Poor (Demo)
3:32
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Floundering & Fluctuating (Early Version - Demo)
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E-Jam (Daydream Intonation) (Demo)
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She Always Made Us Work Like Dogs (Outtake)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 73:06

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Yes, reasonable

Germanprof

I think the stock review says it well -"reasonable": not the band's best material, not outstanding, but not half bad either. The opening track (my favorite) is reincarnated (at least in terms of its basic structure of gentle opening, sudden eruption of power, tailing off into gentleness again) with more power in the wonderful "one ear in the sun" on the 'Warm Turtle' album; elsewhere also there is a sense that later work picks up the directions set here with more assurance and better execution. The ambient interludes seem overdone at times (second half of "jetstream"). But taken on its own merits the whole is pleasant enough to be worth a place in the rotation. Try "Be Gentle with the Warm Turtle" first, then bear in mind that this is earlier.

They Say All Music Guide

Kinski’s debut release, done when the group was still the original trio, finds the Seattle band working out its considerable space/drone rock jones. Including a cover of Spacemen 3′s legendary “Losing Touch with My Mind” as the final song certainly makes for a declaration of allegiance. It’s one of the better versions of the song that’s out there, actually, with some great, explosive guitar from Chris Martin (though maybe his singing could be a little more energetic, but that’s a quibble). If Space Launch for Frenchie is more a genre exercise than a full statement of intent, it’s a good genre exercise nonetheless. The members may have listened to more than their fair share of Neu!, Can, and other Krautrock releases, not to mention plenty of shoegazing and bliss-out, but they know how to put it together very well. “Floundering & Fluctuating” certainly sounds like a perfect balance between Neu!’s brand of motorik and Stereolab’s revival of same — and it’s all the better for it, especially at the tape-melting ending. The low-key start to “Staring” sets the mood for everything right, soft notes echoing into the distance, whooshing feedback in the background, soft rhythms murkily setting the pace. That the song suddenly shifts to a massive noise fest while keeping the head-nodding pace feels like just the right contrast. Elsewhere there’s plenty of straightforward subtlety that doesn’t completely disappear in the wind — “Jetstream,” with its waltz time pace and gently pretty start, makes for a very sweet epic in its own way, warm rather than overpowering. Kinski came into its own with Be Gentle with the Warm Turtle, but Space Launch for Frenchie still makes for a reasonable 45 minutes of listening. – Ned Raggett

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