Kimono Kult
Hiding In The Light


2.5
average

Review

by the modern dance USER (62 Reviews)
August 31st, 2014 | 13 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”



Recent reviews by this author
Sensory Deprivation InrepertusWild Man Fischer An Evening with Wild Man Fischer
The Enid In The Region of the Summer StarsThe National Park Service I Was Flying
The Enid Tripping the Light FantasticThe Enid The Bridge
user ratings (10)
Chart.
2.6
average

Comments:Add a Comment 
Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


5449 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Hi.



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



BMDrummer
August 31st 2014


12967 Comments


that was quick, wtf is that cover btw?

Digging: Single Soul/Boring Bathtimes - photo shoot suicide

Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


5449 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

dunno, don't care tbh

BMDrummer
August 31st 2014


12967 Comments


John Frusciante probably painted it during his druggy years

Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


5449 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


12967 Comments


#fripp4contrib2015

Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


5449 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

yeah i wish ain't gonna happen anytime soon

BMDrummer
August 31st 2014


12967 Comments


ah whatever, being a user seems pike more fun anyway

OZZGabriel
August 31st 2014


250 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


5449 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
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2014


4275 Comments


Good job, Fripp. Dat name tho

Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


5449 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

gotta keep a memento of the good times mane

Frippertronics
August 31st 2014


5449 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

electronic/experiment, but those terms can be used loosely



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy