Hearing a Lot More Kindness
Music projects which are ever changing from album to album are some of the most fun. Groups like Gorillaz and Beck come to mind, as does the lesser known but equally talented Kindness, the music project from British singer Adam Bainbridge which is groovy, funky, bizarre and totally original. We'll all have a little more Kindness in our lives in the future--or at least we all should.
Over the past few years, Kindness has been touring through Europe and North America with regularity and has played at a number of festivals around the world, like South by Southwest, the Latitude Festival, the Sydney Opera House, Bestival, Way Out West and Les in Rocks Festival, among many others. The upcoming tour will bounce across the pond between Europe and North America, from the Vodaphone Mexefest in Lisbon, Portugal to Electric Brixton in London, UK to the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. In North America, Kindness tickets will be in short supply as they trace the West coast, playing the El Rey in Los Angeles, the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, and the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, British Columbia before heading to the East Coast of America.
Bainbridge may be currently as well known for his solo project Kindness as he is for the music videos he has directed. While he has directed four music videos for Kindness, he has also directed videos for popular groups and musicians like Grizzly Bear, Blood Orange and William Onyeabor, proving he is as multi-talented as his music is multi-faceted.
Bainbridge is the grandson of Amina Desai, the longest serving Indian female political prisoner in South Africa. His uncle was John Blacking, who was a renowned ethnomusicologist and social anthropologist. With people like this in his family, it's no wonder Bainbridge became a unique musician and received the Eric James Memorial Fellowship at the Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study in 2007. He recorded an album while he was there called "Live in Philly," which incorporated numerous other musicians from the institute and numerous sounds from the city of Philadelphia itself.
In 2009, Kindness recorded a version of "Swingin' Party," the Paul Westerberg's song first recorded by The Replacements. It garnered a lot of attention from the music industry and was released by Moshi Moshi Records as a 12" with a VHS music video directed by Jack Latham. This quickly triggered a following amongst fellow musicians.
Kindness has released two studio albums, "World, You Need a Change of Mind" in 2012 and the late 2014 album "Otherness." The debut album was co-produced and mixed by the Grammy Award winning producer Phillipe Zdar, who is best known as one half of the French duo Cassius. While there were no notable charting numbers, it helped to build a loyal cult fan base, namely of other respected musicians, which encouraged the likes of Robyn, Dev Haynes and Kelela to contribute to the most recent album.
With a lot of groove and funk throughout each album, Kindness will usually yield dancing amongst fans. While they have played large and small venues alike, Kindness is ideal for the mid range venue, where there is room to dance but not too much room for the sound to get lost in space. Since Kindness has only been around for a few years, most fans will be new to his music but will know true talent when they hear it.
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