Local band Kinski’s new release is a return to the band’s instrumental rock roots — it features vocals on just three tracks.

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Kinski, “7 (or 8)” (Kill Rock Stars)

In a city with as many bands as Seattle has, it’s too easy to overlook an institution like Kinski plugging away in plain sight. The foursome has been slinging its potent sonic cocktails — visceral drone-outs chased with 1970s punk heroics — for so long even the band members themselves have lost track of how many albums they’ve put out, only half-jokingly titling their latest “7 (or 8).”

Following 2007’s “Down Below It’s Chaos” and 2013’s “Cosy Moments,” which showed Kinski could be borderline radio-friendly when they felt like it, “7” is a slight return to the band’s instrumental rock roots, with vocals on only three of seven tracks. The sequencing is a bit curious, five brisk psych-pop numbers bookended by a pair of lengthier songs — but it works because both those songs rank among the band’s best ever.

Like “Hot Stenographer,” the riff-tastic first track off 2005’s “Alpine Static” — and still a live-set staple 10 years later — party-starting opener “Detroit Trickle Down” demands to be played loud, with windows down. On the flip side, “Bulletin of the International String Figure Association,” the final song, is long and leisurely with masterful drum fills and elegant orchestral flourishes — a 12-minute exhale.

It’s as pretty as “Detroit” is gritty, and together they encapsulate both Kinski’s consistency and band philosophy — music made by, and for, music nerds, who bring it live, and whose records always deliver. Here’s to seven — or eight — more of ‘em.

Charlie Zaillian: on Twitter @czaillian

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