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DOWSING ANEMONE WITH COPPER TONGUE

Kayo Dot

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.71 | 175 ratings

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FranMuzak
2 stars I DONīT UNDERSTAND

Sorry Kayo Dot enthusiasts, i have really tried very hard to understand this recording, and iīve listened to it in different times (8 months ago aprox. the 1st time),iīve heard it in different places and moods to see if that was the problem, with earphones, in my car, with big speakers, in surround... and nothing, i couldnīt hear and feel what i saw in so many reviews about this release.

And i have to say that i really like a lot Prog Metal, i love Post Rock, i enjoy some of the RIO/Avant-garde artists, actually i liked some of the things this guys did with Maudlin Of The Well, and even first Kayo Dot effort, but i didnīt find enough pleasant moments in this album.

I usually find interesting elements in odd music, but i guess this is too much for me. Not everything here is bad, in fact there are nice moments here and there and a couple of songs that donīt make me want to press the "skip" button. To rate this album will be easy in the aspect that there are 5 songs, so each songs represents one full star when is totally satisfactory.

The inicial track "Gemini Becoming the Tripod" sounds promising at the beginning, but soon becomes repetitive and boring, and vocals after listening for a while, become annoying( 0.1 ). "Immortelle And Paper Caravelle" is more in the Post-Rock vein and an acceptable nice track, but nothing that makes me remind it for a long time(0.5). "Aura On An Asylum Wall" is the best and only track that i really enjoyed, nice trumpet and violin, drumming is right in place, good structure and progression, why couldnīt they make the full album like this? I mean, nice compositions, even with chaotic endings like this the cd would be awesome, a good balance between the experimental disonant parts with the melodic ones couldīve done it for me(0.9) "__On Limpid Form" begins nicely but unfurtunely after a few minutes everything goes to h.... What i mean is not that every single song has to have harmony and a mellow or melodic meaning, could have even very heavy structure, and experimenting is good, but not directionless, not painfully long and flat(0.2). "Amaranth The Peddler" finishes the album in an acceptable way, with good vocals, interesting spacey moments, but thatīs it, like second track, leaves me with empty hands, nothing that i would play in my stereo frecuently(0.5)

So, in the end, if maths donīt fail in my mind, that would be a total of 2.2 stars. For PA rounded to 2. I feel bad to be in the minority, but believe me i couldnīt help it.

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 2/5 |

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