johnny of the Well

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10.24.14 Kayo Dot Ranked09.28.14 Climaxes
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All Kayo Dot Songs Ranked

In anticipation for Hubardo, which is out digitally on September 1st; after absorbing it I shall remake this list, with descriptions for everything
27Kayo Dot

Abyss Hinge 1: Sleeping Birds Sighing In Roscolux
26Kayo Dot
Blue Lambency Downward

The Sow Submits
25Kayo Dot

Whisper Ineffable
24Kayo Dot
Blue Lambency Downward

Right Hand is the One I Want
23Kayo Dot
Blue Lambency Downward

Blue Lambency Downward
22Kayo Dot

Cartogram out of Phase
21Kayo Dot
Gamma Knife

Mirror Water, Lightning Night
20Kayo Dot

Abyss Hinge 2: The Shrinking Armature
19Kayo Dot
Blue Lambency Downward

The Useless Ladder
18Kayo Dot
Gamma Knife

Occellated God
17Kayo Dot
Gamma Knife

16Kayo Dot
Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue

Amaranth the Peddler
15Kayo Dot
Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue

___On Limpid Form
14Kayo Dot
Blue Lambency Downward

Clelia Walking
13Kayo Dot
Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue

Immortelle and Paper Caravelle
12Kayo Dot
Gamma Knife

Rite of Goethic Evocation
11Kayo Dot

Calonyction Girl
10Kayo Dot
Choirs of the Eye

A Pitcher of Summer
9Kayo Dot
Choirs of the Eye

8Kayo Dot
Gamma Knife

Gamma Knife
7Kayo Dot
Blue Lambency Downward

The Awkward Wind-Wheel
6Kayo Dot
Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue

Gemini Becoming the Tripod
5Kayo Dot
Choirs of the Eye

Marathon - as an opener, this is marvellous; very dark and mysterious. The metal elements are used in moderation and come across as suitably harrowing, whilst moments of intense musicality (the horn melody after the vocals disappear at around 4:15 in particular) compliment them wonderfully. However, it is the 6 minutes of ambiance at the end that I love the most; it is so easy to get lost and drift away in them, the effect is so hypnotic
4Kayo Dot
Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue

Aura on an Asylum Wall - many of the songs ranked this highly are there because they are amazing experiences or incredibly innovative. Although Aura is definitely both of these, the aspect of it that I most enjoy is that it quite simply fantastic music. The manner in which the leading instrument changes from bass to guitar to trumpet to violin and then to everything at once is very fun and comes across as stylish and listenable. The buildup in the second half is extended to its full potential and relies on grooves rather than a transparent increase of tension, which I very much appreciate. I also love the outro for - if nothing else - sheer 'wherethefuckdidthatcomefrom???' value
3Kayo Dot
Choirs of the Eye

The Manifold Curiosity - whilst this is not the best song of Toby Driver's career (or, indeed, the best song ever), The Manifold Curiosity is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Its diversity is vast, ranging from mesmerising and relaxing acoustic strumming to a skyhigh climax driven by a clarinet solo, of all things, to the churning, metallic build at the end. It's a fantastic musical experience (if virtually incomprehensible to the ears of the first-timer) and feels wonderfully natural
2Kayo Dot
Blue Lambency Downward

Symmetrical Arizona - I've got a feeling that I'm going to get a lot of stick for putting a Blue Lamb song this high (and above The Manifold Curiosity), but Arizona is absolutely fascinating. The extended guitar solo at the start alone warranted a top 10 placement, but it is the arrival of vocals in a verse that sounds bizarrely like 70s prog that makes the song; the atmosphere is mysterious, fragile and strangely happy all at once and Mia's violin lines are outstanding. I put this above The Manifold Curiosity because I prefer the atmosphere marginally more and because, not gonna lie, it is a lot easier to listen to
1Kayo Dot
Choirs of the Eye

The Antique - without a doubt, the best closer I have ever heard; the slow build at the start is incredibly ominous (and masterfully executed; the manner in which instruments and sounds (blowing wind?) are added is both subtle and effective), the barrage of doomy heaviness that follows is as terrifying as it is crushing - and then 8:20-9:20 is among my favourite musical minutes; it's as though the song has only been brooding up to this point, only to explode magnificently and then calm down just as suddenly. The ambient outro is what really makes the song, since without it there would be less contrast and it would not be nearly as striking. All in all the perfect closer, the perfect display of contrast, a wonderful use of various instruments (there are violin and piano fills that can easily go unnoticed but add A LOT) and the best Kayo Dot song
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