Although we shouldn’t be too shocked by the news of new Kero Kero Bonito music, the indietronica trio went all in with a full three-song EP made immediately available this morning via Polyvinyl, with whom they released last October’s Time ’n’ Place. Taking the themes of their year-old sophomore album and making them way, way heavier, Civilisation I deals with all sorts of inevitable existential questions arising in the age of very publicly shouting at sixteen-year-olds pleading to keep our planet alive.
“If Time ’n’ Place was about mixing up adolescent nostalgia, contemporary millennial malaise, and the daunting near future, Civilisation I blows up that timeline to cover the ancient past of primitive man (myths, cave art, and tribalism), the large-scale situation facing humanity in 2019, and the distant future, when humans have been wiped from the face of Earth,” notes the band’s Gus Lobban in a press release introducing the new project without mincing words.
To get you started, below is the previously shared video for the Civ I track “When the Fire Comes,” which, despite its lyrical content, maintains the group’s upbeat synth-driven sound. Watch the—depending on your knowledge of the state of the world’s environmental well-being—fun video below, and grab a copy of the full EP here.