Kairon IRSE!
Ujubasajuba


4.5
superb

Review

by JJKeys USER (18 Reviews)
April 16th, 2015 | 49 replies


Release Date: 08/08/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If the shoegaze fits, wear it

Kairon IRSE! returned in 2014 with their sophomore effort which rocked the boat in both the post rock and shoegaze worlds. 'Ujubasajuba' integrates the band's previous dabbling into shoegaze fully to create a post-rock sound almost definitive to them alone, and it is this which has helped Kairon IRSE! to create an album which stands out from the crowd.

Although 'Ujubasajuba' throws you in the deep end with the relentlessly heavy 'Valorians', most songs tend to share similar structures which shifts between gentle psychedelica and heavy instrumental or, in the case of 'Amsterdam', vocal onslaughts. Kairon IRSE! invoke chaos as much as they create order in the heavier elements of the album, where a seemingly thrashing performance reveals itself to be quite restrained and controlled - the explosive end of 'Rulons', where the frantic melts into the serene seamlessly, is an excellent example which shows this. The lighter shoegaze parts of 'Ujubasajuba' tend to have meandering guitars and synthesizer melodies panned in each ear, creating an ethereal atmosphere to counter the heavy and imposing post rock each song develops into; 'Swarm' displays a grand crescendo through unrelenting snare drum rolls and crushing bass drums to create a maddening sense of anticipation. But regardless of which genre camp the moment belongs to, the music is so lushly and consistently layered that not a second is spent out of interest for the listener.

Throughout the album, each instrument provides a complimenting support for the rest of the band with an air of modesty, yet little variations as the songs progress make all parts fascinating to focus on individually. The guitars and bass play around similar motifs throughout each song yet differences and progressions in sound and tone creates a distinction for each instrument and shows just how meticulous their writing is; it is perhaps shown best as the album draws to a close in the dynamic finale of 'Les, Moh y Gribi'. Melodic trade offs between guitars, synthesizers and vocals throughout strengthen the psychedelic aspects of the album to the point where they almost merge together; and it is these nonthreatening vocals that range from whispers to soaring highs which hit the ear like a soothing nectar.

Many post rock bands suffer the blight of unmemorable melodies and sterility, but these qualities are anything but applicable to Kairon IRSE! - the album showcases incredibly engaging elements from both shoegaze and post rock, and the highly energetic execution of this fusion is what makes Ujubasajuba one of the strongest albums of the two genres from 2014.



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JJKeys
April 16th 2015


794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Full album stream/download: https://kaironirse.bandcamp.com/album/ujubasajuba



I was pretty surprised there was no review up for this already, it's certainly one of the strongest albums from 2014 in my books

zaruyache
April 16th 2015


17736 Comments


I know RYM went nuts over this album; they pretty much "invented" this band's popularity.

Tunaboy45
April 16th 2015


15521 Comments


Great review as always, have a pos.

JJKeys
April 16th 2015


794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers Tuna, and did they? I heard people rave about this over on Plug.dj, and even people over here - but I wonder if the hype was just a passing phase

Jasdevi087
April 16th 2015


4511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet, this has a review now. Pos'd

Froot
April 16th 2015


1910 Comments


Yeah once that RYM review made it to the front page it basically turned into /mu/'s flavour of the month. Surprised there wasn't a review of it on here sooner.

Ryus
April 16th 2015


15436 Comments


cool

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VaxXi
April 16th 2015


4098 Comments


Im shocked by how long this album went without a review

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Funeralopolis
April 16th 2015


14075 Comments


Wow also didn't realize that this didn't have a review. It has gotten a lot of attention in the underground

Celtics2448
April 16th 2015


20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album rules, that RYM review sold me hard and this review's pretty good too.

JJKeys
April 17th 2015


794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers for the positive comments guys, really appreciate it!

TheSonomaDude
April 17th 2015


5455 Comments


Amazing cover art

djunior
April 17th 2015


882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ahhh finally, a review

sixdegrees
April 17th 2015


24866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

did not like this but then again I only heard it once lamo

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sixdegrees
April 17th 2015


24866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ubsjsghga more like this album isnt very good

JJKeys
April 17th 2015


794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It grew on me, you should definitely give it another try

sixdegrees
April 17th 2015


24866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok my good friend rhyme likes this too

Rhyme
April 17th 2015


1405 Comments


damn straight i do

sixdegrees
April 17th 2015


24866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whoa

Yazz_Flute
April 17th 2015


18938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my top albums of last year



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