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    Kayo Dot - Blasphemy

    Kayo Dot's new album is out. Your thoughts on it?

    https://kayodot.bandcamp.com/album/blasphemy

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    'aang 'hoot' Don Arnold's Avatar
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    I've had two incomplete listens today, after seeing it on progstreaming.nl. I'm familiar with the band but have never investigated their music before today (at least as far as I can recall). Based on the limited comments I've heard about them in the past, I had dismissed Kayo Dot as a band most likely not in my wheelhouse.

    Well, that could change! I'll need further listens to Blasphemy to fully absorb the record, but I've really enjoyed what I've heard so far. I find it very compelling. The music is quite different than anything I would normally buy or listen to. But there is something there that's tickling my fancy. The vocals are strong, even though the approach is at times quite aggressive. The singing style fits the music, which has a sinister undertone.

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    They continue to evolve, that's for sure. I'll have to wait until getting a physical copy to dwell into for enduring detail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Arnold View Post
    Based on the limited comments I've heard about them in the past, I had dismissed Kayo Dot as a band most likely not in my wheelhouse.
    Not sure what your tastes are, but most of their albums are fairly different. Blue Lambency Downward is kind of like Rock in Opposition. Choirs of the Eye is more doomy post-rock. Coffins on Io is dreamy synth. They all have a certain ethereal symphonic artsy thing (that I obviously can't describe well) going on though.

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    The one thing I can say with certainty is that I like it a lot better than Coffins or Plastic. On the one hand, it consolidates their withdrawal from the classic progressive rock/metal idiom which to me damaged their musical output in the last 5 years. On the other hand it does use these previous musical tropes very inventively, incorporating them in the goth/synth/dark wave 80's style that they prefer nowadays. I have been listening with care and there are lots of nuances that rarely one meets in current music. Everything is arranged and executed in perfection to the smallest detail, but the issue is if it is able to engage the listener emotionally or is it all god-forsaken formalism combined with hideous melodrama? What a weird band, and so hard to approach. The best songs lie in the middle of the thing and towards the end - Turbine, Hook and Haul stands out immediately.

    At times it sounds like mid-80's Rush thrown into existential despair. I might actually get to love this or hate it altogether. A predictable personal reaction towards Kayo Dot.
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    Will certainly check it out
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    I'm definitely curious and will give it an attentive listen at night with no distractions. Not all of their albums are immediate hits for me, but when they work, they work and I admire Toby Driver's commitment to constant change.

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    The only one of their releases I never really connected with was Coffins On Io. The Plastic House album worked better for these ears, but this new one sounds even more up my alley.

    One of the most intriguing bands still in operation.
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    Not my cup of tea. Too post-rockish and goth friendly (and I have no patience for both these genres nowadays). They kinda lost me when they went that way on Coyote and later albums.
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    I must give a shout out: the cover art for this album was done by my wife Jenya (who has worked on design/layout/art for various other albums you may know, as well as being a great musician herself with far better taste than I).

    Look some more: https://www.jenyachernoff.com

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    I'm here for the moosic NogbadTheBad's Avatar
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    Very cool
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