Friday, June 8, 2018

Cassette Review //
Kiel Karnomanga​/​Damn Your Eyes cassingle

$2.89 //
Edition of 50 // //

As only seems to make sense, this begins with what sounds like helicopter blades but then tones come in somewhere between pianos and guitars.   It sounds like Weezer's "Undone (The Sweater Song)" as spoken words come out in the background and then they are replaced by static scratches.     There is an ambient air to this, FNL as well and there are clearly guitar notes coming through now with drums and what sounds like mumbling.    The screeching, the scraping...  This song has this presence to it where it comes on, does what it does and then ends.   It's not that it isn't verse/chorus/verse in terms of traditional structure but I would easily think of it as just being one long chorus perhaps. 

It's refreshing in the way that sometimes when bands come back to the chorus a lot it becomes overwhelming and so I feel this song is more straight to the point, which is great.   It somehow reminds me of Nada Surf as well, though overall this is the difference between being a band of "traditional" sounding songs and a band of "experimental" sounding songs.   I can't name names but think of it as being somewhere between something I'd consider FNL/post rock and something I'd have more of telling a story and not carrying those same traditional song structures.    This falls somewhere in between-- not quite traditional in the song structure sense, but slightly closer to it than others I've heard before.

Distorted guitar notes build now and there is quite a bit of clanking which feels like industrial rhythms and beats.    It's dreamy, yet almost tripwave at this point of the song and the sounds don't feel as if they're being made by your typical instruments either.   It shifts now into this back and forth rhythm with tones that make me think of a clock ticking.   It also has these smooth tones which make me think of a soulful guitar-- maybe R&B but maybe also just something like Santana.   A shaking of the salt and this begins to feel like instrumental hip hop even.    As it begins to really feel this groove into a Digital Underground type of way, the song reaches its end.

As opposed to Side A, the song here on the flip side seems to start at one point and build from there.   "Kiel Karnomanga" has this constant stream vibe to it, like the way a runner would sprint.   "You Can Run..." has more of an uphill feel to it, as it seems to progress the further you get into it.   But what I like most about ISOLATED COCKPIT is that this has that fine line between being a band like say Weezer and then being something which would be completely the opposite from that- not in terms of genre but rather how the instruments would be used.   I've really just never heard anything like this before which is one of the other both exciting and terrifying aspects to it-- because now I want to hear more music like this, but there is also this part of me that knows music will be even less A or B like and just now without any bounds.

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