Kimono Kult
Hiding In The Light


2.5
average

Review

by Non-contributor USER (42 Reviews)
August 31st, 2014 | 15 replies


Release Date: 03/04/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stay hidden.

Kimono Kult, the brainchild of Swahili Blonde’s Nicole Turley, is quite the odd creation. Billed not only as a “supergroup”, John Frusciante, ex-guitarist for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, current guitarist for The Mars Volta, are immediately mentioned only for the purpose of getting people’s attention. However, Turley played 90 percent of the instruments on this particular EP, and was the main songwriter; fully contradicting the idea that Frusciante and Lopez are the heads of the group.

Getting to the music, ”Hiding in the Light” is a frustrating experience from the get-go. Lending her vocals to the EP is Bosnian Rainbows’ Teri Gender Bender, singing completely in Spanish. Bender’s delivery, while a bit off-putting, is most definitely the most pleasant part about this album, though that isn’t saying much. An absolutely glaring problem that is evident throughout the EP is the poorly-handled instrumentation, put in the worst possible places without any thought whatsoever. And at some points, it just bogs down the lyrics, and any nice parts that could’ve been discovered had there been less pointless overdubs that were possibly put there for the reason of being “unique” or “weird”. A prominent example of this issue is on opening track ”Todo Menos El Dolor”. Here, the Kult had the idea of putting a mish-mash of strings, synths, and beats over an extremely loose beat just for the sake of being improvisational. Thinking about it, it is quite an astoundingly poor decision that makes one doubt the professionalism of this supposed “supergroup”. Other tracks, such as ”La Vida Es Una Caja Hermosa” also suffer from this great dilemma, however it isn’t as noticeable. Only on the final track, ”La Cancion De Alejandra”, is there some semblance of an actual well-structured instrumental track; with little “random” strings or synthesizers to get in the way of the vocals, and by extension, the original composition itself.

Only being eleven minutes long, there isn’t much to praise about a subpar EP such as this. Plagued with a lack of effort, and the idea that failed to break through the dull, disengaging music, Kimono Kult should just stay Hidden in the light.

Highlights:
”La Cancion De Alejandra”



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Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


528 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Hi.

Hidden in the Light EP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFbRyyc7NZ0


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BMDrummer
August 31st 2014


7412 Comments


that was quick, wtf is that cover btw?

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Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


528 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

dunno, don't care tbh

BMDrummer
August 31st 2014


7412 Comments


John Frusciante probably painted it during his druggy years

Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


528 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

whoa fuk i just noticed i had a streak of new releases going on

BMDrummer
August 31st 2014


7412 Comments


#fripp4contrib2015

Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


528 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

yeah i wish ain't gonna happen anytime soon

BMDrummer
August 31st 2014


7412 Comments


ah whatever, being a user seems pike more fun anyway

OZZGabriel
August 31st 2014


162 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

'Kimono Kult, the brainchild of Swahili Blonde’s Nicole Turley'

Frusciante's wife? I did not know that.

Maybe I should listen to this EP again because I can't remember anything from it.

Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


528 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

yeah. was thinking about mentioning she is his wife, but it's not really all that relevant to the album.

ExplosiveOranges
August 31st 2014


2718 Comments


Good job, Fripp. Dat name tho

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Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


528 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

gotta keep a memento of the good times mane

DecayingMajesty
August 31st 2014


196 Comments


What genre is this?

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Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


528 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

electronic/experiment, but those terms can be used loosely

DecayingMajesty
August 31st 2014


196 Comments


ah ok, ill listen to it.



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