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CHOIRS OF THE EYE

Kayo Dot

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.27 | 285 ratings

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The Squirrel
5 stars Kayo Dot - Choirs of the Eye,

First, I must say that I bought maudlin of the Well - Bath, Kayo Dot - Choirs of the Eye, Kayo Dot - Dowsing Anemone With a Copper Tongue recently and decided to review all these three albums at the same time. I bought Bath a week earlier than the Kayo Dots. I will compare the three albums during the review a lot, so try not to let that bother too much. I’m trying to figure out the key for this amazingly evolving music. For these three reviews I got an idea to write down my thoughts and opinions about the albums during the time I listen these albums and section my experiences into parts. So, I decided to give four weeks of listening time hoping it would be enough. I will start this review with a section, where I comment about the albums in four parts. So a week of listening and some thoughts about that experience written in that particular week. I hope I made it clear enough. This paragraph can be found in all the three reviews.

The experience table,

--- First week:

I actually took a step into Kayo Dot’s world some time ago before owning this album. I listened the three songs offered in their official home page: ’Marathon’, ’The Manifold Curiosity’, and ’Wayfarer’. The songs are very good, and the two remaining songs seem to be good as well. The step from maudlin to this record is quite big. The psychedelic feeling can be found in this piece, but much stronger than in Bath. The songs are very hard to listen, but I really enjoy the relaxing moment when this CD starts to roll. The first week brought new insights to the pre-heard triplet, and introduced me rather well into the remaining two. I really like this album.

Second Week:

I enjoy the songs, though they are rather hard to listen. I find it much easier to start listening this album than ’Dowsing...’. The difference between the Kayo Dots isn’t that large than between Bath and this record. I really have an desire to listen the maudlin album in the between. The songs are opening to me slowly, I’ve listened the album quite much during this second week. I have high hopes for the upcoming third week.

Third week:

In the beginning of the week I listened the album much, but then I took a little break. The three weeks of listening mainly the three albums has been very nice to this point. ’Marathon’, ’The Manifold Curiosity’ and ’Wayfarer’ are great songs. ’A Pitcher of Summer’ is good, and ’The Antique’ is marvellous. Not even one song that is bad. Though, if there was, it would mean that 20% of the album is bad. There are some parts that can sound rather boring, but the songs need attention and they must be listened with thought. Hard, but marvellous music.

Fourth week:

My listening period is over, and for this record, the four weeks was enough to make a firm decision. All the songs are the best songs in the album. Really, they are all great. Three masterpieces: ’The Manifold Curiosity’, ’Wayfarer’ and ’The Antique’. Unbelievable stuff, just marvellous. It is hard to say something else. ---

Five songs, five really strong songs make this album a masterpiece. Sensational beginning with ’Marathon’ and the psychic speaking voice. Continuing to ’A Pitcher of Summer’, the shortest track, but not the worst. There is no worst song in the album, they all are the best. Still, the three kings awaits, the last three songs really are brilliant music with excellent spices from all around the world. This album has everything: Death-metal, jazz, psychedelic stuff, prog, some classical influences, and I even found a connection to Japanese traditional music. Long, or short meditational pauses, breaks are important in Japanese music. The thinking, the meditation, the feeling is very important. This album has that kind of spirit in it with a psychedelic flavour. I really can’t describe the album the way that would cover all of its brilliancy. You must get this album to yourself and listen the masterpiece. The music is tough, but rewarding to listen. I give a five out of five, a masterpiece of progressive music.

The Squirrel | 5/5 |

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