- Awesome Music:
- "Flamingo" is an amazing, laid-back demonstration of what the trio has to offer, and won't be leaving your head for days.
- "Trampoline" is very easy to dance to, with an irresistible house/J-pop beat, infectious hook, and a simple, yet heartfelt message to it:"Even if you're falling, that's okay! There's a trampoline waiting for you! It's so easy... You just have to believe! 信じればいんだよう!"
- "Forever Summer Holiday" is just a blissful piece of pop music, perfectly encapsulating the joys of summertime.
- "Swimming" sees them go full Dream Pop, resulting in one of the band's most beautiful songs.
- Friendly Fandoms: Rather bizarrely, there's a rather sizeable amount of fan crossover between KKB and the one-and-only Death Grips, which increased significantly following the more abrasive-sounding TOTEP. Amusingly, the band itself seems open to a crossover.
- Funny Moments:
- The spoken-word bridge to "Break", with Sarah's line being delivered in the most adorable, carefree way imaginable:(beep) "Hey, you've reached Gus and Jamie from KKB. We're recording right now, so leave your message after the beep." (beep)
"Yo, Gus and Jamie, it's Sarah! Just to let you know that, I don't wanna do anything today! So I'll see you later, bye!"
- The music video is also hilarious thanks to the occasional confused bystander wondering why Sarah is sitting still in the middle of public.
- The lyrics to "Cat Vs. Dog" are so utterly hateful and jarringly violent for the band that it turns out to be weirdly hilarious. "Eternal hatred..."
- This excerpt from "Heard a Song", in a verse about driving around and hearing a song on the radio:"It's a beat so sweet that I stop in the middle of the street (brakes)
Then a kid runs up and he says, "I don't know you but that sounds fresh!"
- If you aren't expecting it, listening through "If I'd Known" — a mostly straightforward song thinking about the "many-worlds interpretation" theory — and suddenly being hit with Jamie rapping the final verse from out of nowhere can come off as hilarious.
- The spoken-word bridge to "Break", with Sarah's line being delivered in the most adorable, carefree way imaginable:
- Heartwarming Moments:
- "Hey Parents" is a loving tribute to... well, parents, and how important they are. As a bonus, that's actually Sarah's parents in the track artwork, and they even make a cameo in the video for "Trampoline".Hey, mom! How are you today? Are you missing me a lot?
Yes, I'm sticking to my bedtime, and I'm keeping very warm, so
Hey, dad, don't you worry now, cause I got it all worked out
But don't tell me, did you keep my room? Cause I'm coming over soon
- Sarah's vocal feature on Kane West's "Good Price" starts off with her thanking "Kane" (really Gus) for letting her sing on his track."Don't forget me when you're famous, Kane!"
- "Visiting Hours" is somewhat bittersweet due to the context (it's from the point of view of someone visiting a loved one at the hospital), but it takes a turn for the wholesome with the actual subject matter; said loved one is recovering just fine, and the narrator is having fun conversations wishing them well and hoping they come back home soon.
- "Sometimes" is a stripped-down, but undeniably adorable and hopeful song about keeping your head up through whatever life throws at you, sung like an acoustic campfire song with a bunch of friends.
- "Hey Parents" is a loving tribute to... well, parents, and how important they are. As a bonus, that's actually Sarah's parents in the track artwork, and they even make a cameo in the video for "Trampoline".
- Memetic Mutation:
- "I don't know you, but that sounds fresh!"explanation
- "It sounds like Death Grips!"explanation
- Most Wonderful Sound: The first chorus to "Fish Bowl" is a sudden blast of gorgeous Shoegazing and Dream Pop vibes, leaving many fans clamoring for an album done in its style.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- The bridges of "Only Acting", complete with intense amounts of distorted noise and the sudden screams. It's already jarring and unnerving enough as is, but the fact it's coming from a band known mostly for bright pop music gives it a much higher degree of creepiness. The lo-fi video and its Last Note Nightmare make it even worse.
- "Rest Stop" begins as tranquil and quiet before suddenly descending into musical hell in the second half, with a nervously noisy cacophony taking up most of the audio as Sarah's quiet singing is reserved for the right channel. Right before the song ends, all the audio except her singing abruptly cuts out, ending on these cryptic, yet resonant lyrics:So when we walk among the clouds
Hold your neighbour close
As the trumpets echo round
You don't wanna be—
- Signature Song: "Flamingo" is likely KKB's most recognized track by a large margin.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: Many have drawn comparisons between the main melodies of "Trampoline" and "A Cruel Angel's Thesis". SiIvaGunner went to town with this. For the record, Gus denied it being intentional.
- Sweet Dreams Fuel: A vast majority of the band's music, including a lot of Bonito Generation is lovingly-crafted, adorable and incredibly positive, and will be sure to leave a smile on your face. The band has such sincere and contagiously wholesome vibes, and has been known for getting a lot of people out of rough spots.
- Tear Jerker:
- "Pocket Crocodile" ends on a pretty sudden and really sad note, which can hit especially hard for any pet owners out therenote :Crocodile lifespan
Isn't very long
Even when he's gone
He loves you
- Time 'n' Place in its entirety is without a doubt the darkest the band has ever gotten, plunging directly into themes of approaching an increasingly uncertain future that their past projects only allude to or outright refute. The band's much grittier and down-to-earth aesthetic during this time (including the album's cover art◊) only punctuates the bittersweet melancholia that surrounds their music.
"So ride the rising currents
- "Flyway" is a deeply melancholic Wanderlust Song about watching migratory birds as a child. Despite the exuberant, shoegazey instrumental, Sarah's vocal delivery almost makes it sound like a Grief Song. Gets even worse when you know that Sarah wrote it after the loss of her pet bird, so it partially is a Grief Song.
I trust that I will see you again
When I pick up the courage
I hope that I can join you someday"
But I heard all the yearsll leave you hurt
- "Dear Future Self", despite how triumphant the instrumental sounds, the lyrics constantly switch between upbeat, innocent wonder and contemplative, existential fear, and the result is overwhelming.
Everyone you love disappears and nothing works
Please don't say you hate the world
I hope that I won't
- There's also the Reality Subtext that surrounded the album's creation and hit the trio like a truck, namely the loss of several of their loved ones, as well as the revealed loss of Sarah's childhood home.
- "Pocket Crocodile" ends on a pretty sudden and really sad note, which can hit especially hard for any pet owners out therenote :
YMMV / Kero Kero Bonito