Kayo Dot
Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue


4.5
superb

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
March 20th, 2006 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Kayo Dot is what it's members describe as the continuation of Maudlin of the Well. Despite their small following, Maudlin of the Well gained a reputation for being one of the most arty and original bands in modern metal. Kayo Dot's debut, Choirs of the Eye quickly generated much respect from critics and fans while evolving majorly from the style of Maudlin of the Well.

Kayo Dot
Toby Driver - compositions, guitar, cello, bells, double-bass, keyboard
Greg Massi - guitar, voice
Mia Matsumiya - violin, viola
Ryan McGuire- bass guitar, double-bass, keyboard
Forbes Graham - trumpet, euphonium, guitar
John Carchia - guitar
Tom Malone - drums

All things considered, the tiny amount of success that Kayo Dot enjoys is really quite unfair. They are, after all, one of the most most forward thinking bands in modern music and unlike a great majority of bands in their genre (metal, if you can limit them to one), Kayo Dot aren't afraid to experiment, delve into other genres and just generally do what they want. However, taking Kayo Dot's music into account, it's really not surprising that their second album has been released on a record label run out of a small house and that they play to tiny audiences all over the US.

Like the band's last record, Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tounge consists of five tracks of varying length. In this case, the longest is 18 minutes and the shortest comes just short of the 8 minute mark. The sheer amount of material contained in the hour that the album lasts for can take many listens to become familar with. Throughout the record, Kayo Dot switch effortlessly between doom metal, prog rock, modern classical, jazzy passages, ambient music and even grindcore. This genre blending isn't really as interesting as the way it seems to have been put together. Rather than writing such groundbreaking music for the sake of "pushing the boundaries", it feels much like Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tounge is just what Toby Driver happened to have in his head at the time of writing the album.

An appealing aspect of Kayo Dot seems to be the fact that they are able to make just about anything sound interesting. The vast majority of the 18 minute "...On Limpid Form" consists feedback, droning ambience and the name noisy outbursts of heavy guitar. By the end of the song, the whole thing sounds like an eerie train squeaking and squealing with random hits of drums here and there. In a stark contrast, second track "Immortelle and Paper Caravelle" is a beautiful, soft and slow piece featuring brass, strings and Toby Driver's Jeff Buckley esque vocals. The album's opener, "Gemini Becoming The Tripod" sees Driver wailing in a way that Mike Patton or Trent Reznor would if they were on the verge of suicide. The track is nothing but an enormous 10 minute buildup with Driver's vocals becoming more and more desperate until the track reaches it's conclusion.

Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tounge has established Kayo Dot as one of the most forward thinking bands in modern music and solidified their reputation as a band. A highly excellent release from one of the most interesting bands of recent times.

Pros
- Phenomenal musicianship and composition
- Genre blending
- Emotional intensity

Cons
- Listening to the whole album is a big effort
- Some long passages of noise and ambience will bore some listeners

Reccomended Tracks
Immortelle and Paper Caravelle
Aura on an Asylum Wall

FINAL RATING: 4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pixiesfanyo
March 20th 2006


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Neh. It's a dece review.

You didn't really say anything though.

/bias.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
March 20th 2006


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I would say you didn't add anything new but I like seeing an avant garde/metal band get as much publicity as possible.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
March 21st 2006


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

IM or slsk me foo

br3ad_man
Emeritus
March 21st 2006


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So I should add more in the second last paragraph?

I wrote this for a local magazine (with a word limit of 500). Pixies already wrote a great review, but I figured I might as well post it here.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
March 21st 2006


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Write more and make it interesting.

pixiesfanyo
March 21st 2006


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^ yes different views of what make something awesown are good.

Happymeal
March 21st 2006


330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eh, a few listens through it I thought it was alright.. I couldn't get into the ambient parts, and I was kind of thrown off with their even less straightforward approach to the songs here as opposed to, say, "Wayfarer" or "Pitcher of Summer" on Choirs of the Eye. I guess I was just looking forward to another "Manifold Curiosity".

Hatshepsut
March 21st 2006


1997 Comments


Christ, I gotta get this.

br3ad man asking for advice at writing a review?

pixiesfanyo
March 21st 2006


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You want to get the album.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
March 22nd 2006


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, you do.


Eh, a few listens through it I thought it was alright.. I couldn't get into the ambient parts, and I was kind of thrown off with their even less straightforward approach to the songs here as opposed to, say, "Wayfarer" or "Pitcher of Summer" on Choirs of the Eye. I guess I was just looking forward to another "Manifold Curiosity".


I am very sad to hear this. I really find this album more enjoyable than Choirs of the Eye. It still doesn't beat Bath though.

br3ad man asking for advice at writing a review?


Sure, why not?


PartinsShot
November 21st 2008


138 Comments


aura.. what a great song. and im gonna just throw this out there, Mia is SO good looking.

IAmInsect
November 21st 2008


3800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

_______on limpid form is best here

Mendigo
November 21st 2008


2299 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

again, exactly.



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