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HUBARDO

Kayo Dot

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.93 | 80 ratings

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CirkusInAspic
4 stars This is a very important album for avante-garde/ music.

This album, by definition, is a mammoth piece of history that celebrates everything Toby Driver and his fellow musicians have achieved, and what they have achieved here with this release. Hubardo, or "lantern", is an album that literally re-illuminates the band's past, as well as lights up their future.

Do not go into this album expecting another Choirs of the Eye, because that it not what this is. It is, rather, a collection of all the band's elements, including Jason Byron, and motW's sound. A haunting lyrical concept forms the frame that binds the songs to this album together; just reading them alone is satisfying in itself. But the musical elements are all there, and stronger than ever. Ethereal guitars, trademark vocals from Toby (and Byron), as well as the chilling horns that are so commonplace in motW music. This includes music reminiscent of Choirs of the Eye, as well as every motW/Kayo Dot album.

It did not, and probably will not affect me on the level that Choirs did, but I still take a step back and tip my hat to them regardless. This truly is an achievement and a milestone. Listen, please. It really encompasses the whole strange, beautiful strand of genre that Toby Driver and his crew innovated.

CirkusInAspic | 4/5 |

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