Kauan
Pirut


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
February 9th, 2014 | 27 replies | 2,690 views


Release Date: 11/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Take heed of the light, for the shadow is around the corner.

Some genres convey emotion better than others, but they’re targeted for a specific niche. Kauan’s 2013 masterstroke, Pirut dabbles in minimalistic tones that focus on compositional greatness rather than fleeting musical contrast. Hailing from Russia Kauan promises an outweighing of ethereal soundscapes conveying emotive lights and insensible darks bringing a natural contrast without forcing the two worlds together. The worlds of post rock and doom are combined in such a manner that Pirut’s storyline flows from one track to the next in an almost seamless exhibition of moods. Pirut is an eclectic combination of melancholic doom, post rock, electronica classical and folk, but it is far from forced or pretentious. Each section plays off another, without overwhelming the listener or creating a musical redundancy. For the band’s 2013 record, it hits the mark.

At the album’s core, Pirut is almost cinematic. Moving from one track to the next continuing the record’s flow. With a run-time of thirty-nine minutes the album itself is quite accessible and over before you know it, but that doesn't detract from how engaging it actually is. Gone are the conventional album names, instead Kauan’s 2013 effort makes do with a simple numerical track title allowing the album to be chaptered into a simple story-line. This helps bring the whole record together, add life and further its overall replay values. There is a lot going on here; sweeping atmospherics, subtle contrasts and minimalistic passages. For those who aren’t fluent in the language of Finnish, there’s going to be a language barrier. Pirut speaks of depression, grief, madness and despair before achieving better; ascending through those darker moments to come out the other side more matured and better for it.

Despite all these merit-able qualities, Kauan’s 2013 record does falter towards the middle. “IV” sees the atmosphere released where the emotive pressure should stay only to create a different mood. The track takes on an acoustic lead ballad before passing time with a somewhat overblown cinematic presence. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the track, but its placement plays against the album’s themes. Instrumentally, everything is played how it should be; from the minimalistic piano, to layered synth and string sections. The percussive setting doesn’t achieve anything too technical and acts as a rather sedate metronome for the rest of the band’s soundscape. Expectedly, the vocals take the limelight, but they’re not the leading force behind Kauan’s music. Crooning cleans in strong Finnish outline the madness and depression aided by some well-placed (and far from over-used) growls. As a whole the record flows well, even if it doesn’t completely close the story’s pages. The so-called ascension found towards the record shows some measure of happiness, but the minor chords and underlying synths still speak of a contrasting depression. For an album with a concept so deep and profound, the music really needs to pass the message to the listener.

Pirut shows a band hitting their musical stride, but it’s not like they’ve peaked with this release. Kauan is smart with their music. They know restraint, and where to take the atmospheric soundscapes up a notch. It’s far from contrived sounding natural from start to finish, engaging the listeners’ internal sense of bad with good. Sure, it’s a deep and complex concept, but it’s engaging for listeners across most genres. The mix of doom and post rock might be a turn off for some but the genres come together cohesively, allowing the album to speak for itself.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2014



6986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks to Sput's Greybeard for putting me onto this and 'making' me review it. : ]

Link:

http://blood-music.bandcamp.com/album/pirut


Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2014



8321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8

Whoooo, I'm so happy you reviewed this! My favorite record from 2013. It really spoke to me.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2014



6986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you liked it man, happy to put my hand up to review these kind of things.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2014



1648 Comments


Sweet review, I'm liking this a lot.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2014



6986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome! I guess this flew under the radar last year

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2014



8321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8

Seeing as how it's on a whopping two lists and has a grand total of 10 ratings, definitely.

Thanntos
February 9th 2014



318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad this got reviewed, it's a great album.

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Keyblade
February 9th 2014



14608 Comments


Sweet album

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Amphoteric
February 9th 2014



1649 Comments


I need to listen again

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2014



8778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album really surprised me

PortalofPerfection
February 10th 2014



350 Comments


Not sure what to make of this yet...

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2014



8778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they've always hinted at something great before but this is the first time they've actually started to achieve it

hope they keep going down this path

Keyblade
February 10th 2014



14608 Comments


Sweet dig Noctus

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2014



8778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

such an amazing ep [:

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2014



6986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just need more peeps to give it a go

CaptainDooRight
February 10th 2014



28664 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

solid

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Thanntos
February 10th 2014



318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought Kuu was just as strong if not a bit better than this. Though I think people tend to like this better because they brought back the heavy doom aspect.

Amphoteric
February 10th 2014



1649 Comments


Aava Tuulen Maa is still my favorite Kauan album, but this is still really good.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2014



6986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Though I think people tend to like this better because they brought back the heavy doom aspect.


I just think it's done better personally.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2014



8778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Though I think people tend to like this better because they brought back the heavy doom aspect.


there isn't really a single heavy moment in this album

and it's not worse off for it, either



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