Posts Tagged ‘Album of the day’

Album of the Day: Kayo Dot – Plastic House on Base of Sky

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: I have to admit, I’ve sat on this review a while. A good while, in fact. The review copy dropped ino my inbox on the 9th of May and I thought that I’d have plenty of time to listen, absorb and ruminate. Followed, of course, by a succinct summing up in a review.

In reality, life is often not that easy. It would seem that Kayo Dot strive to approximate that rather well. I could trot out the well used “Kayo Dot are not known for trying to be accessible” line, and for certain, it wouldn’t be wrong. But I’m also not sure that it does them justice. This is carefully honed mayhem. Split succinctly into 5 neat servings, each different in flavour and texture. Each with purpose. Some with distinct menace.

Kayo Dot – Plastic House on Base of Sky

Once I had listened to the album the first time, it became rapidly apparent that I had absolutely nothing to compare it against. This did not help with timely delivery of reviews… I was introduced to this band with their 2014 album, Coffins On Io, and while this is an fairly clear progression onwards into more lush and often beautifully discordant territory, I genuinely don’t think I have any other music that sounds remotely similar.

There’s no foundation for me to build a narrative on. It’s not that there’s no structure to their music, it just doesn’t often fit within the confines of what we would term as normal, in terms of either time signature, or song structure. Especially song structure. The songs evolve and take different directions, staying within a broad theme, but unafraid to look outside and take a stroll round the grounds once in awhile.

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Album of the Day: LLNN – Loss

Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Sound Not The Word: It takes all of 35 seconds for Loss to force its way in to the centre of your attention. The desperate scream that marks the end of the introduction heralds the point where LLNN begin to show just what they mean by […]

Album of the Day: Sanford Parker – Lash Back

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Monolith: Sanford Parker might sound a little bit like a midrange paper company, but the man has a huge musical pedigree; as well as being a member of Minsk, Corrections House and Buried at Sea, in a separate capacity he’s a stalwart producer. Having been on […]

Album of The Day: Harakiri For The Sky – III Trauma

Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: It’s been a couple of years since the last Harakiri For The Sky album and it’s fair to say from the evidence here that they’ve been honing their chosen craft into a fine art. What it is exactly about Harakiri For The Sky that makes […]

Album of the Day: Schammasch – Triangle

Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Dead Rhetoric: The question sometimes arises, how do you follow-up a double-album release? Well, in the case of Schammasch you dig even deeper and come back with a triple-album. The aptly named Triangle is no mere gimmick. Containing three varied albums (truly the only way to approach […]

Album of the Day: Hammers of Misfortune – Dead Revolution

Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: That’s a major reason I’ve always had a sloppy soft spot in my heart for Bay Area traditionalists Hammers of Misfortune. Their style shoots you way back to the ’70s and ’80s, when heavy metal really was starting to understand what it could be, […]

Album of the day: Sumac – What One Becomes

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: Say what you want about Aaron Turner, just don’t call him lazy. Since the dissolution of his band Isis in 2010, Turner has found plenty of ways to keep himself occupied, most of which involve creating excellent music and art. Since relocating from LA to […]

Album of the Day: Salem’s Pot – Pronounce This!

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Let me divulge a secret. I had a supernatural experience the other night. Or at least I think I did. See, I live on the edge of a forest, where I like to go running late at night.  For kicks. One moonless, windless night […]

Album of the Day 16 – Lifespan of a Moth

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It’s now been nearly a decade since Los Angeles sludge metallers 16 — aka -(16)- — were reactivated. In that time, they’ve toured the US and Europe, reissued early material via Relapse Records, which seems to have been the home they were looking for all […]

Album of the Day: Perturbator – The Uncanny Valley

Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: One of the most terrifying scenes in all of modern cinema comes from Ridley Scott‘s 1979 sci-fi horror classic, Alien. Sigourney Weaver‘s character, Ripley, is attacked by the Nostromo‘s android science officer, Ash, portrayed by Ian Holm. In the ensuing conflict, Ripley decapitates the android, […]