Rain Machine
Rain Machine


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
September 21st, 2009 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: So what if the cover is a crayon drawing complete with rainbows, lions, and waterfalls?

“...a nearly full spectrum of frequencies audible to the human ear, a reflection of a variety of emotions and situations real and imagined - some rhythm some rhyme.”

These words are neither mine nor the overly pretentious garble of a Pitchfork review. This is how Kyp Malone describes first solo release, Rain Machine. Now, this probably sounds just as ambitious and extravagant to you as it did to me; but interesting, nonetheless. Kyp is better known as a vocalist and guitarist in New York’s TV On the Radio. Personally, I didn’t look nearly as favorably on Kyp’s latest release with TV On the Radio, Dear Science,, as their previous Return To Cookie Mountain. However, Dear Science, was backed my a wave of critical acclaim and it was hard not to see the skill and power behind the album. Kyp Malone is using Rain Machine as a creative outlet to experiment a little further than before, and it shows, all the way through to the album cover. Garnered with a drawing that looks like an fanciful fourth-grader was assigned an art project on Africa and got his hands on some crayons, Rain Machine looks like it sounds, complete with rainbows and waterfalls.

To be blunt, Rain Machine is not a disappointment. Kyp, if nothing else, has proven himself to be unpredictable and a bit spontaneous, but Rain Machine feels like a good fit. Complete with elements of bluegrass and jazz, Kyp keeps it interesting. That being said, Kyp knows what he does best and never strays too far from the guitar-driven rock based around his unique vocals and provocative lyrics. Rain Machine is a truly lush record that shows just how versatile Kyp’s solo project can stretch.

Perhaps Rain Machine’s greatest strength is the sheer range throughout the 10-song record that manages to be interesting and compelling for the entire duration. “Desperate Bitch” creeps along slowly and carefully following Malone’s poignant whine. “New Last Name” turns up the funk a notch as Kyp decries the redistribution of names, in reference to slavery to be exact. “Love Won’t Save You,” the sparse and steadily escalating album highlight is the most passionate of the record as it climaxes with Kyp’s moving cry. Four songs clock in past the 6-minute mark, the longest being the closer, “Winter Songs.” Some artists would find it tough to overcome this hurdle, but Malone hurdles it in stride, as each song remains interesting, emotional, and original in its own right.

Rain Machine is a fantastic record with enough elements to please everyone. Kyp Malone hit just the right note with his solo project, and it culminates in one of the better releases of 2009. It may seem a little too eclectic and unfocused for some, but I found the constant shifting and movement likable. As soon as you think Malone finds his niche with a slow-burning electric beat with hand claps, he changes it around on you and heads back in the jazz direction. In the end, I can’t quite capture Rain Machine’s unique essence the same way Malone has, when he describes it as “...a nearly full spectrum of frequencies audible to the human ear, a reflection of a variety of emotions and situations real and imagined - some rhythm some rhyme.”

Recommended Tracks:
New Last Names
Love Won’t Save You
Desperate Bitch
Free Ride
Winter Songs



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SeaAnemone
September 21st 2009


20304 Comments


Hipsters will eat this shit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, for the next few weeks at least.

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

pizzamachine
September 21st 2009


12571 Comments


Anything that's called Rain Machine and has a trippy album cover has to be good! Also, I pos'd 'cause the review's great and the summary is better than the review.

AtavanHalen
September 21st 2009


17927 Comments


Holy shit balls this is out today; fuck yes

SeaAnemone
September 21st 2009


20304 Comments


Gracias for the pos'... and I'm glad you like my summary, mine are usually shit lol so I went a little different with this one.

and yes, atavan, yes.

AtavanHalen
September 21st 2009


17927 Comments


I'd use italics instead of bolding for Album Titles next time, though. Just one niggling thing.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2009


28517 Comments


you probably shouldn't call him "the singer" as he is not the lead vocalist

but im intrigued and going to lsiten

SeaAnemone
September 22nd 2009


20304 Comments


thanks for the catch I must've got a little carried away...

and yes, please listen

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2009


28517 Comments


ok this is awesome

SeaAnemone
September 22nd 2009


20304 Comments


Spread the good Word!

SeaAnemone
September 22nd 2009


20304 Comments


We must keep trying! I want this constantly on the main page due to excessive commenting!

SeaAnemone
September 22nd 2009


20304 Comments


i'll see if I can find it... I got the CD advance

SeaAnemone
September 22nd 2009


20304 Comments


lol not really.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2009


28517 Comments


PRO^

AtavanHalen
September 22nd 2009


17927 Comments


Give blood give blood give blood

breesuschrist
September 23rd 2009


736 Comments


you're getting better at reviewing
since we kinda like the same music i've read pretty much all of them
keep up with what i am entirely too lazy to do

SeaAnemone
September 23rd 2009


20304 Comments


thanks- coincidentally I feel like I've been rushing them more lately, I need to spend a little more quality time on some, and definitely check this out if you haven't had the chance.

breesuschrist
September 27th 2009


736 Comments


i did check it out actually, not a fan. can't put a finger on why, but i dont really like tv on the radio either

AtavanHalen
September 27th 2009


17927 Comments


wth

SeaAnemone
October 5th 2009


20304 Comments


not cool breesus... you must keep trying!

saltyflounder
October 8th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Breesus, if you cannot appreciate TVOTR for what it is, than you taste in music must be shite.

Lemme guess....youre listening to Kenye now, right? ;)



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