Paris based post rock giants Lost In Kiev are back with their third album Persona, their first for the ever amazing Pelagic Records, on April 26th.

Raw and driven, yet oozing with thick synth textures and a great sense of melancholy and drama, Persona sees Lost In Kiev further expand their own idiosyncratic take on cinematic, contemporary post rock. 

Ahead of the release, we got the guys to pick three records that have influenced their hybrid sound.

Dimitri (Guitar): John Murphy – Anonymous Rejected Filmscore

For me it’s the album “Anonymous Rejected Filmscore” J.Murphy. It was recommended to me a year ago by Yoann V. our drummer.
It’s a huge influence to me especially about immersive vibes. The music immerses us immediately in a cinematic atmosphere where the listener is surprised to become a character and create his own film.

This album has also influenced me by it’s simplicity. The magic here is not in the technical complexity of the melodies but simples and catchy melodies with repetitive patterns that create an immersive content. It is this idea that I wanted to use on my guitar parts of Persona.

Max (Guitar / Synth): Mogwai – The Hawk Is Howling 

Mogwai was one of the first post-rock / instrumental band I really like, and especially the album “The Hawk Is Howling”. I was in high school and this album opened my mind about instrumental music. I listened to it a lots of time when it was released.

At the origin I was more into punk rock, metal and post-hxc music but I don’t know why, i was fascinated about the mood, the ambiance & the melody in this album, it took me really somewhere else. My favorite track on this album is “I Love You, I’m Going to Blow up Your School”, stunning bass riff and progressive music.

Jean Christophe (Bass / Synth): The Chemical Brothers – Surrender

Electronic travel, acoustic power and heavy rhythm. An alternative summary of Persona
The track ‘Music Response’ is particularly illustrating the richness and the search for sound textures. A real leitmotiv for us.
In Persona I really tried to use the best ways to deliver accurate bass stones to each tracks. This means that sometimes I used a real bass, sometimes a synth, sometimes a lot of effects and so on. Textures and sounds are to me as important as the patterns itself. This is why I like a lot the work of The Chemical Brothers in general. They do are involved in this same concept.

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