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Kayo Dot



4.26 | 348 ratings

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Any Colour You Like
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5 stars Instantly the listener is bombarded with glistening shards of angular noise. The powerful riffs seem to fly off at tangents, gleaming, echoing, then fading. There is a warmth in their sound that defies the coldness of the instrumentation. Pulses surge with lush tones, yet seem restrained by calming vocals. Again the tempo increases, a strange sound emerges then subsides, all is calm once more. Dissonant chaos then erupts from the void, accented by newly frantic and nightmarish vocals. The catharsis peaks, then the noise begins to subside, leaking away into jazzy ambient minimalism. This is Choirs of the Eye, a place where subtlety and chaos collide at will.

Kayo Dot's debut album is a intense expanse of noise, metal, dissonance and ambient experimentation. Forget comparisons because there are none. Even Toby Driver's other projects fail to match the sheer scale and power of this album. Again, as with any Driver project, categorisation is pointless. Call this avant-garde, post-metal or ambient... it's all essentially worthless because Choirs of the Eye defies convention. The angular dissonance and crushing heaviness of the compositions will push the listener into chaos, while the eerie ambience and subtle poetry of the lyrical content will lull the listener into a vivid dream-like state. The embrace of this album is glorious, it feeds you warmth, then crushes it under layers of dense noise, only to throw you a lifeline from beyond. The neo-classical and Jazzy elements that accent the metallic soundscape add an unusual density to the composition, one which can at times be haunting, but also sometimes unusually catchy.

Indeed, there is something for every listener here, from chaotic metallic riffs to cathartic noise, chilled minimalism, sweeping orchestrations and bittersweet poetics. There are even a few melodic hooks to keep the listener from completely eschewing the more dissonant edges. Choirs of the Eye is easily one of my favourite albums of all time, and best compositions of recent years. It is immersive, challenging and downright beautiful. I can only strongly recommend this release to all people willing to give it a listen. Just let your open mind drift, this choir as your guide.

Any Colour You Like | 5/5 |


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