Kiev’s first outing, the EP â€œAinâ€™t No Scary Folks In On Around Here,â€ impressed with its jammy concoction of funky rhythms, electronics and atmospherics. Since then the Orange County quintet of singer-guitarist Robert Brinkerhoff, keyboardists Alex Wright and Andy Stavas (who also wields a sax), drummer Brandon Corn and bassist Derek Poulsen have cranked up the intensity. They’ve incorporated 3D visuals into their live show, and their new three-song EP “Be Gone Dull Cage & Others” lays out some big grooves and insists you follow along. Kiev manages to be trippy and cerebral at the same time, occupying that sometimes-exhilarating, sometimes-discomfiting space between left and right brain. It’s worth the journey.
||| Download: “3rnd” (via RCRDLBL.com)
||| Live: Kiev does the Tuesday night residency in November at the Central SAPC in Santa Monica.