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The Good Vibes Of Kindness Coming To Lincoln Hall

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 10, 2015 6:00PM

Photo by Pauline Beaudemont

Adam Bainbridge—better known as Kindness—hails from the UK and traffics in a sort of neo-ish soul that feels distinctly British. It's fluid and funky but there's a precise approach to the beat that seals the proceedings in a certain timeless balance. His approach on his latest album, Otherness, reminds us of fellow Brit Jamie Lidell in his poppier moments.

Of course here, "poppier" is a relative term. None of the songs on Otherness are going to be mistaken for chart hits. Instead they function best as mid-tempo jams suited well for the sort of personal reflection that slowly transitions into human movement. Submerge yourself in Bainbridge's songs and you find a world that feels warm and inviting, that seems intent on gently prodding you onto the dance floor. Lyrically the worlds Kindness traverses could be best described and gently spiritual in feel, if a bit generic in nature. We think this is more because the music is the message here—hoping to induce a trance that plumps into a beatific smile—and the words just provide a rhythmic construct to carry the human voice along inside of the song.

Kindness is in town tomorrow to play Lincoln Hall, and the warmth of that room should prove and excellent complement to the mood of his music. We recommend arriving early to get a prime spot on the floor and then settle in for a long ride building into a crescendo at the heart of the land of good vibes and warm intentions.

Kindness plays with Pell tomorrow, March 11, at 2424 N Lincoln Ave., 8 p.m., $15, 18+