Lar Kaye
EP


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cultclassical USER (50 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2012 | 18 replies | 1,821 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is the EP of the guitarist of a band called Adebisi Shank...

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Adebisi Shank for those paying attention is near the head, if not at the head of the game when it comes to instrumental mathy-rock. Their onslaught of strange electronic samples mixed with absurdly catchy hooks and off-kilter rhythms makes for one of the most original sounds a band has ever captured. Perhaps knowing this, Lar Kaye, the guitarist in this three-headed monster, has decided to try his hand at electronic music and as a surprise to no one, emerges from the lab with amazing results.

Fans of Shank would have noticed the near 100% increase of electronics use between the bands’ 1st and 2nd LP’s so the fact that Kaye went this route isn’t exactly coming from nowhere. His propensity with the medium however is something to be marveled at. This frantic EP is overflowing with original ideas and he implements them in his music very well, the greatest example being the song “Echo Island”, which uses hollow-sounding percussion and sharp Asian-sounding synths that immediately grab your attention and doesn’t let go throughout the entire song. The rest of the EP is a clinic on how to make a catchy, fast paced, yet extremely chilled out electronic release. Few breaks (if you can call them that) in the action are needed here but the listener is not punished in the least when they come, since normally they’re accompanied by some soothing beats as seen in “Effector” and “Daylight Day Light”.

Kaye’s crush on Japanese culture can also be heard if one listens for it. Shank’s 2nd EP had generous amounts of Japanese influence (they named a track ‘(-_-)’ ) and some of that influence has made its way onto this release as well in particular the third track where one can hear the Japanese word “hajimima***e” meaning “How are you?” being peppered throughout the song. These ideas, while good, never come off as contrived, with every sound on this record serving an important role in each song they are in.

Lar Kaye has proven himself with this release to be one hell of a well-rounded and talented musician. To be able to make something so hectic yet so chill is an impressive feat for anyone and it’s on display here in spades. The Shank influence is evident throughout the record but knowing how original an influence that is, one could certainly do worse. If nothing else, the hype-train for Adebisi Shank’s next release is going to need a few extra cars but you can’t complain with something of this caliber to tide you over.



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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



15906 Comments


any links to where can hear this ?

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Calc
October 2nd 2012



12133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sorry I was editing here ya go

www.nialler9.com/listen-lar-kayes-adebisi-shankno-spill-blood-debut-solo-ep/

I dare you or anyone else not to "whoa!" after they hear that first song



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



19668 Comments


insta pos cause you're cool with me.

was well written though.

ThroneOfAgony
October 2nd 2012



3485 Comments


Summary is kinda lame

Good review nonetheless


POSD

Calc
October 2nd 2012



12133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"hajimima***e"

that's hilarious..

Calc
October 2nd 2012



12133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

come on throne it had to be done...i'll change a bit of it then I didn't wanna add that last part on but i did anyway

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



15906 Comments


not my usual listening preference but liked the last track on there, pos'd bcos review got me interested enough to listen

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



1986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is probably the best review I've read on here in a while. Definite pos.

Album is also most excellent.

Calc
October 2nd 2012



12133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks atomic I'm glad you feel that way

MaskAtTheMasquerade
October 2nd 2012



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so good

HighandDriving
October 2nd 2012



3288 Comments


Horse is still one of my fav math-rock songs.

Dling this. First track sounds so asian-y.

LifeAsAChipmunk
October 2nd 2012



4854 Comments


seems pretty cool

Calc
October 2nd 2012



12133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^that song will be on my list for top songs this year no doubt.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
October 2nd 2012



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im probably feelin Effector the most so far. whole thing is so solid though and i just read on their facebook earlier today that they're tracking their 3rd album YEAH BOI

Calc
October 2nd 2012



12133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh hell yeah really? I'm reviewing dat shit too

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



4409 Comments


This sounds right up my alley. Good review too, POS'd.

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Calc
October 3rd 2012



12133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tell me what you think paper if you see this

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



4409 Comments


It was a very fun listening. Really poppy and kind of bombastic. Trippy too. Good find.



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