Kite Party
Baseball Season


4.0
excellent

Review

by Statrick Pickles USER (63 Reviews)
October 9th, 2011 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kite Party - they're definitely not Katy Perry.

There's a nifty little term, coined by the ancient Greeks, used to describe the excessive pride and arrogance expressed by an individual that most often results in the bearer's demise. "Hubris", commonly portrayed in Greek Mythology, refers to the larger than life haughtiness of a hero, especially that which causes him to believe that no feat is unattainable. Odysseus, Kanye West, ButcheredChildren, Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper - they all display some level of hubris with their notions that they can indeed do no wrong. At first listen, Baseball Season sounds completely hubristic in nature. Frontman Russ Edling drops such presumptuous lines as "the wind told me my future." Guitar lines rise and fall and tumble upon each other in their ceaseless effort to garner more of the listener's attention. At the dawn of each chorus, the members of Kite Party seem to play with absolutely zero regard for tomorrow or each other. This is the point where Baseball Season should fall flat on its face.

Yet this is the point where it doesn't. Despite maintaining some bloated sense of self-importance in both its songwriting and general execution, Kite Party's second LP comes together and concludes just as it arrived: confidently detached yet in one piece. No Oedipal demise awaits Baseball Season; rather, its fate lies very much in the hands of its makers, none more than vocalist Edling's. When he belts out "I'll live and die with a fire burning in my eyes" near the end of 'Arizona', you realize that he truly, deeply lives for this. Music isn't just some sort of distraction or a means to and end for Edling & co., it is the end. Closing track 'We Won't Survive' doesn't employ a borderline epic fade-out just for shits and giggles, it does so because Kite Party couldn't possibly allow themselves to depart in any lesser fashion.

It can't be said that Kite Party do no wrong on Baseball Season, but their missteps are few and far between. Closing line of track two 'Runner' comes off as excessive as Edling sings "I want to run into the ocean,/because it's all I've ever known." I can't see the chorus of 'Spirit Gum' as anything less than stupidly juvenile with its repetition of "I'll be your little boy/I'll be your little toy." Such slips are so easily ignorable though when considering the overall precision and perfectly constructed atmospheres on Baseball Season. The attention to detail on 'Hightower' makes for not only the record's premier track, but also one of 2011's most finely crafted songs. In converging the best elements of shoegaze, indie rock, and even modern emo, Kite Party leave a lasting impression with so resolute an effort.

When all is said and done, Kite Party's approach is simple: aim high, shoot higher. Their ambition and originality is best summed up in a recent interview response: "We make music that sounds like Russell/Andre/Tim/Justin/Pat." Well I don't know a whole hell of a lot about Russell, Andre, Tim, Justin, or Pat... but I do know this much: I really like the way they sound.



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iFghtffyrdmns
October 9th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream:
http://kiteparty.bandcamp.com/

Originally posted:
http://muzikdizcovery.com

Listen to this or you fucking suck. Yes those rec'd by reviewer's are for real.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2011


50957 Comments


You got lots of reviews

Digging: Friendzone - Collection 1

iFghtffyrdmns
October 9th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ya dude like millions

Rev
October 9th 2011


9441 Comments


your summary and first paragraph are awesome


pos baby

iFghtffyrdmns
October 9th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wish ButcheredChildren were still around so he could see that sentence.
lol jk i don't actually with BC was still around at all.

thanks rev and yeah thanks casey 4 da jamz
think I'm gonna review this next, saw it in one of your emails and it's pretty awesome
http://twohandsmusic.bandcamp.com/

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2011


50957 Comments


I WROTE DOZENS OF REVIEWS THAT'S RIGHT DOZENS

iFghtffyrdmns
October 9th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hahahaha that used to be my ringtone and I'd get really stoked when my phone would ring.
Now it's showerbeers so i still get really stoked when my phone rings....

Rev
October 9th 2011


9441 Comments


i want to write a midwest twinkle album so you would review it

iFghtffyrdmns
October 9th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hahahaha i want you to write a midwest twinkle album so I could listen to it.
then I'd totally review it and make it sound sweet.

iFghtffyrdmns
October 9th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh wow I'm an idiot, as per usual.
nevermind then I'll do something cooler

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2011


16914 Comments


sweet review

Digging: Low Roar - 0

iFghtffyrdmns
October 9th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

go lions. also, go listen to this. everybody. now. go.

Shrapnel94
October 9th 2011


2213 Comments


Saw these guys with Tigers Jaw

They were better than Tigers Jaw

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2011


7321 Comments


iFght, another six or seven reviews like this in the next two months and we'll have to start calling you Contrib. I hear that the five figure salary is pretty sweet.

iFghtffyrdmns
October 10th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hahaha that's awesome Sean, I'm honestly not that surprised either.

Thanks Irving, as always. I think I'm gonna buy a boat with my first paycheck, until I realize there is no paycheck and I have to go into foreclosure and sell the boat and drop out of school and.... fuck.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2011


7321 Comments


Wait till you see the choice of company cars that Staff members get.

omnipanzer
October 10th 2011


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*steeple hands

Very interesting.

bungy
October 3rd 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is awesome why didn't this get whored around last year



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