Death in June
KAPO!


4.5
superb

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
October 30th, 2009 | 31 replies | 8,695 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Douglas P's Death In June has had a long old stretch of a career, from early flirtations with post-punk, industrial and ambient flavoured folk music on releases such as Burial and Nada! alongside contemporaries Current 93 and Sol Invictus (frontman Tony Wakeford was an early member of Death in June) he was one of the driving figures in helping carve out what would become the modern neofolk scene.

In the late 80's Death In June's songwriting started to gel into its modern incarnation with the seminal Brown Book, and lasting up from a period until about the mid 90's the group would release a string of great albums with some hit or miss experimentation such as The Wall of Sacrifice, But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter?, Ostenbraun (with French industrial group Les Joyaux De La Princesse) and Rose Clouds of Holocaust. Death In June didn't hit their true stride however until a strange little LP titled Occidental Martyr was released in 1995, featuring actor Max Wearing reciting Death In June lyrics whilst the sound of haunting ambient folk the group would expand upon on their next release shines with true potential.

Death In June Presents: KAPO! is the perfection of that sound, and alongside the Scorpion Wind LP with Boyd Rice recorded around the same time showcases some of the finest arrangements Death In June would offer in their entire career. This is pure atmospheric folk music, dabbling in the neo-classical and from start to finish is sonically flawless. The strings and keys used throughout are nothing short of haunting, acoustic guitars providing a wonderful rhythmic flavour to this luscious backdrop as KAPO!'s gorgeous percussive elements ring out amongst ambient noises. Douglas P's voice is restrained and low key as always, tracks such as Wolf Wind and Lullaby to A Ghetto showcasing some moody lyrics set to his deep, British voice which may be an acquired taste but fits the morose nature of the music well.

Whilst each track is similar and has a uniform timbral feel which makes picking apart individual moments pointless, KAPO! never gets boring and there is enough variation within its distinct patterns to keep the listener entertained for its entire duration. The quality of arrangements and its production are some of the best neofolk has to offer, and Death In June Presents: KAPO! may very well be the finest hour Death In June will ever enjoy.



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Meatplow
October 30th 2009



5524 Comments


link died

Roach
October 30th 2009



2149 Comments


oooo controversial.







Good band.

Meatplow
October 30th 2009



5524 Comments


I asked permission about sharing links for OOP stuff in the forums ages back.

YouAreMySilence
October 30th 2009



3727 Comments


Fucking rar file. Need me some .zip.

fireaboveicebelow
October 30th 2009



6837 Comments


boyd rice reference I'm getting this immediately

Meatplow
October 31st 2009



5524 Comments


Yeah, the two albums with Boyd Rice are really good (Scorpion Wind & Alarm Agents). He has worked on and off with the group over the years and appears on a lot of their work here and there.

Fucking rar file. Need me some .zip.


You gotta be kidding dude. It takes about 30 seconds to google winrar and download it.

Jim
October 31st 2009



5110 Comments


dude thanks so much for the link, i couldn't find this anywhere.

Meatplow
October 31st 2009



5524 Comments


No problem. It's an increasing problem with the stuff I review I find.

fireaboveicebelow
October 31st 2009



6837 Comments


Yeah, the two albums with Boyd Rice are really good (Scorpion Wind & Alarm Agents). He has worked on and off with the group over the years and appears on a lot of their work here and there.
have you heard NON or his solo stuff?

Meatplow
October 31st 2009



5524 Comments


Yeah, The Black Album, Physical Evidence and Pagan Muzak.

Boyd Rice and Frank Tovey's Easy Listening For The Hard of Hearing was excellent as well.

Jim
November 1st 2009



5110 Comments


bugger. the last track is corrupt but i got the other seven.

might just try it again.

Meatplow
November 1st 2009



5524 Comments


link died

Jim
November 1st 2009



5110 Comments


thanks a bunch. i tried the original again and it was still buggered. i d/l this tonight ;-)

foreverendeared
November 3rd 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Link is dead :/ great review though, i'll search around for a good link i guess.

Meatplow
November 3rd 2009



5524 Comments


have you got an email? or last.fm, whatever floats your boat

foreverendeared
November 3rd 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

last.fm would be good.

EDIT: http://www.last.fm/user/frightenedsoul

Meatplow
November 3rd 2009



5524 Comments


k check your inbox on there

foreverendeared
November 3rd 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

very cool. i appreciate it

Jim
November 3rd 2009



5110 Comments


haz i still need the last track =(

i think you have my last fm =)

Meatplow
November 4th 2009



5524 Comments


sorted (hopefully)



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