In an ideal world, says Adam Bainbridge of Kindness, this bio would be about two lines long. “Ninety-five per cent of everything you should want to know about a new artist should be in the record,” he says.
Kindness’ debut album ‘World, You Need a Change of Mind’ was released in March 2012. ‘Gee Up’ is a creamy ambient swoon, coloured with wordless vocals and sunlit guitar, like a Balearic response to David Crosby’s ‘If I Could Only Remember My Name’. ‘House’ has the gloopy psychedelic R&B flavour of mid-80s Prince at his strangest, while ‘That’s Alright’ is a dream alliance of Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder and Afrika Bambaataa circa 1985.
The wonderful thing about the music Adam makes as Kindness is how little it tells you about its origins. It bears the fingerprints of no specific scene, no particular country, no certain era. It is pop music but it’s slippery and enigmatic too. It sounds slick yet underground. It’s got recognisable reference points — the leftfield disco of Walter Gibbons, the cosmopolitan rhythms of Grace Jones and Tom Tom Club, the frictionless 80s R&B of Alexander O’Neal, the blurry Polaroid pop of Ariel Pink — but all in an unfamiliar context.