Kayo Dot Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue
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1. Gemini Becoming the Tripod
2. Immortelle and Paper Caravelle
3. Aura on an Asylum Wall
4. _____ on Limpid Form
5. Amaranth the Peddler
I generally try to refrain from making absolutist comments. However, I'm going to come out of the gate with both pistols firing and say right now that if there is to be a better release in the remaining 11+ months of 2006, then it will have to work its hardest day and night, down to the wire of this upcoming New Year's Eve, to top what Kayo Dot has done on their newest release for Robotic Empire, Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue.
If you're not familiar with Kayo Dot's debut release or their previous musical incarnation, Maudlin Of The Well, then I suggest you just listen to them, because to describe everything the collective does musically would extend well past the space I have here. And if you are already a fan of Kayo Dot, then you can just stop reading and go buy the new one immediately, because you've surely been long anticipating its release.
For the unfamiliar, I will try my best at a reasonably accurate description, or at least a set of comparisons. Here we go. First, the people who spew forth lazy analogies stating that Kayo Dot is similar to Isis, Neurosis, or even Sunn 0))) couldn't be farther off the mark. If what those bands do is in a different zip code from your standard metalcore group, then Kayo Dot's work is not even in the same country. Think instead if you blended the caustic instrumental mixture of ASVA, the deceptively quiet (and tortured screaming) moments of Khanate, the harshly bowed strings of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the occasional spazzing of Tusk, and a thousand other things that I can't think of, then you'll at least be halfway there. There are even beautifully orchestrated moments of trumpet and strings that harken back to the gorgeous layered jazz compositions of Davis and Evans. Perhaps, everything included, Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue would be like if Angelo Badalamenti created a soundtrack for an ultra-violent version of Lost Highway (only more subtle at times). Some of this is not surprising considering their debut was released on John Zorn's label. Do you see now Probably not. Oh well, it just needs to be heard.
Bottom Line: The seven (that's right, seven) musicians in Kayo Dot are truly artists. They have honed their craft to an edge sharper than most, and the five tracks on Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue that clock in at over an hour are truly something that needs to be heard to be believed. Kayo Dot have created the most layered, far-reaching, and epic album of recent memory and they have done it absolutely splendidly: without pretense or haste.
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