Klute
The Emperors New Clothes


4.5
superb

Review

by Daniel Incognito EMERITUS
January 24th, 2008 | 16 replies | 8,888 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In his own unique style, Klute captures a spirit laced with stunning melodies and diverse ideas. It doesn't take much effort to see where Klute is coming from, each song providing unique and rewarding rides.

It seems that if any songs on Klute’s latest album The Emperor’s New Clothes were to be described as self-inspired, Toiler would be the most appropriate fit. It is with amazement that Klute’s third straight double-album should be greeted, and further shock at the ever-increasing amount and range of sounds that he crams into each creation. Yet this seemingly laid back British chap seems to love pushing himself until each album offers listeners a palette rich and dynamic in sound. Typically Klute’s albums have been categorized into one disc of more straightforward Drum & Bass, with the other being more ambient inspired techno. Yet such classifications do not do justice the spirit which his albums possess, teeming with life, beauty and killer beats.

Many Drum & Bass artists harness styles packed with power, their albums showcasing heavy breakbeats together with melodies matching the volume and strength of the beat. Pendulum and London Elektricity often push out songs high in action and pacing, as if each instrument tries to match and then outdo each other. Klute however often seems more reserved, not to the point where his music lacks punch and excitement in clubs. Rather his music is less willing to take the obvious, more willing to just go with what works for him. This makes the album quite endearing, in that Klute does not come off as pretentious or subject to other’s opinions on Drum & Bass. His music merely reflects what sounds good to him, and it seems his deft touch always takes songs just where they need to go.

Revolution balances each segment of the song nicely, and although the vocalist may have an accent that comes off slightly cheesy, the layering of the vocals over hollow electronic flute-like noises provides a superb combination. The vocals also seem to follow their own pace, somewhat unconcerned with the quick and bass-laden breakbeats underneath it. The attention to detail is obvious, with each aspect of the song feeling purposeful, yet as mentioned before completely in going with what sounds good. *** Minimal serves as another example, this time focused more on the higher ranges. A nice steady humming bass line provides the lining to squeaky and bouncy synth notes. Though not a highlight on the album, *** Minimal does highlight the diversity of the album, and the detail with which Klute focuses on each song.

In the past Klute has been a master at combining innocent airy melodies with strong breakbeats that only serve to accentuate the beauty of the hair-raising melody. Though his past efforts such as Saviour and Ether have set high standards, Our Leader proves that Klute is still growing as an artist. It may seem a criticism that the actual drum and bass is secondary, yet it is clearly to the benefit of the song. The high-paced beat gives the utterly compelling melody free rein, yet gives it direction all the same. The pace never lets up, and though one may at times wish to just let the melody carry on, the unrelenting beat pushes on through more and more beautiful segments. The mix of pure melody over light-weight and high-tempo beat seems one Klute is incredibly adept at utilizing, and never before has the result been so alluring.

Quite often though, Klute does not seem to push so hard at the songs, he seems more intent on giving himself more room to play with the melody. Hell Hath No Fury again features a fast beat, but unlike Our leader the melody this time seems to not be guided by the beat. The hand with which he controls the song seems much softer, yet the precision with which he controls the layering and the transitions is once again impeccable. 174 BPM seems to dawdle about a lot, with Klute focusing in on the sustained bass as the main feature of the song. While other songs push forward intensely, songs such as 174 BPM show a willingness to merely play around with a melody or a beat. The album suffers slightly from this, not always able to maintain attention. It does however balance the album nicely between action and rest.

Most refreshing of all though is the accessibility of the album. Drum & Bass is always a genre hard to penetrate for those outside it. The Emperor’s New Clothes is as ready to be devoured as any album, the joys of the album not hidden under layers of pretension. The irresistible melodies come straight to the surface, and with a strong motor the album covers them all in a ride that ends far too quickly. Those unfamiliar with Drum & Bass may not know where to look, yet those who turn to Klute are unlikely to turn away with a feeling of disappointment.

Categories prove useless in describing The Emperor’s New Clothes. While one disc is up-tempo, the other laid back. The two discs expand upon their boundaries whenever the need arises. The culmination of Klute’s hard work sees not an album rigid and trapped to the confines of what should be. Taking little note of the direction of his contemporaries, Klute takes listeners on an exploratory journey; covering pure untarnished melodies, brooding bass lines and tight breakbeats. His ideas are laid out on the line, and what he presents seems only to reflect what sounds good to him. His previous efforts set high standards to match, yet The Emperor’s New Clothes in its vibrancy and energy provides an engrossing experience, one indicative of passion and hard work.



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Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
January 24th 2008



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Probably need to rework the conclusion. But hey, a review is better than no review.

Zebra
Moderator
January 24th 2008



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Both discs are high in quality, although I do prefer his more laid-back style. I'm surprised that this is relatively unknown given its awesomeness.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
January 24th 2008



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I don't find it all that surprising (on here).

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2008



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was (unfortunately) a surprisingly cool album.

plane
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2008



6092 Comments


Yeah, this is pretty cool. I can't listen to all of it at once but in spurts a lot of it is awesome.

Great review, though it'd be better if you distinguished between song and album titles. I can figure it out but it's just a thing that made me double-take.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
January 24th 2008



3765 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As with all DnB, getting through 2 discs of the stuff is tough, but it's still a good album. I was surprised to find that this even had a place on the top 50.This Message Edited On 01.24.08

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

Jom
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2008



2658 Comments


About time you submitted this :p

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
January 24th 2008



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great review, though it'd be better if you distinguished between song and album titles. I can figure it out but it's just a thing that made me double-take.

You mean how I italicize them both? Meh I guess I'll look into it. Just how I've always done it.

[quote=StreetlightRock]As with all DnB, getting through 2 discs of the stuff is tough, but it's still a good album. I was surprised to find that this even had a place on the top 50.[/quote]
To be fair though it isn't 2 discs of straight Drum & Bass, much of it is more relaxed ambient stuff.

plane
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2008



6092 Comments


so wtf turns out I only have the first disc of this. I guess I'll have to dig up the second disc somewhere.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
January 25th 2008



3765 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

To be fair though it isn't 2 discs of straight Drum & Bass, much of it is more relaxed ambient stuff.


I know, but this would get a higher rating from me if it wasn't so long.

Lunarfix
May 10th 2010



3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my desert island albums. Klute is serving up a new album later this month (5/10)

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
October 30th 2010



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You're damn right this is.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2010



31050 Comments


His new album is fucking amazing

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2010



31050 Comments


Get it, its like top 5

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
November 1st 2010



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Deviant you call his latest a top 5, but you give this album a 3.5! What a bastard.

New album is indeed supreme though.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2010



31050 Comments


Bah!



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