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Kitsuné America, Vol. 3

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The third volume of songs by American artists gathered by Kitsuné shows once again that while the label's aesthetic may be rooted in French fashion, it finds plenty of expression in the States. Kitsuné America, Vol. 3 delivers the sleek synth pop and indie that are the imprint's trademarks, most notably on Misun's "Eli Eli"; Son Lux's "Lost It to Trying [Radio Edit]," a brashly pretty collision of blasting beats and sweet vocal harmonies; and NAVVI's "Speak," which closes the collection with a piece of dark chillwave that sounds like it's floating off into the atmosphere. Unlike the two collections before it, however, this set of songs boasts a fresher artist roster; only Kitsuné mainstays Heartsrevolution return with "Kishi Kaisei," a fine example of the stylishly playful sound that helped define the label's direction. A few relatively established artists grace the track listing, including Jerome LOL and Kelela, whose stark and sparkling R&B workout "Cut 4 Me" is a highlight. Similarly, Sunni Colón's "1000 Roses" sounds like the missing link between Seal and Frank Ocean, with stripped-down sonics contrasting the lush melody hinted at by the keys and synth strings. Along with these nods to R&B, Kitsuné America, Vol. 3 pays homage to Americana in a typically Kitsuné way with Max Jury's melancholy "Christian Eyes," which, with its acoustic leanings and shoutouts to Patsy Cline and Gram Parsons, may just be the most traditionally American-sounding song here. This reflective mood winds its way through much of the collection, helping to make Kitsuné America, Vol. 3 the most cohesive volume of the series yet.

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