Ink Siblings
Korova


3.5
great

Review

by JamieTwort USER (35 Reviews)
April 20th, 2015 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A dark, twisted, yet focussed trip through the minds of its creators, Korova is as much a statement as it is a musical expedition.

Korova is the second full length release from experimental duo Ink Siblings, comprised of Alfie Killick and Connor Kelly, and is the follow up to 2013’s promising debut, Offal. Korova is a much more focussed and confident work than its predecessor which in comparison, whilst displaying a great level of creativity, sounded more like a collection of songs and musical ideas than a cohesive whole. The level of focus shown on Korova extends to its lyrical themes, which are presented in the form a fully realised concept tackling the topics of patriarchy and misogyny. Songs like Manifesto, a song distinctly written from a misogynist’s point a view, tackle these themes head on, showing a certain directness that is one of Korova’s greatest strengths.

There is a sense of urgency about Korova, something which perhaps reflects Killick’s approach to the album’s concept and the thinking behind his social commentary. Musically the album is far from an easy listen with the relentless intensity of Fetishized Motherhood being particularly unsettling but it is in these moments that Ink Siblings demonstrate their ability to challenge the listener, a feat which ultimately makes this album all the more rewarding. During the album’s heaviest, most aggressive moments Connor Kelly’s percussion becomes particularly crucial in keeping the whole thing firmly tied down, which illustrates the duo’s understanding of when to keep things necessarily simple. The instrumentation, whilst on occasion bordering on the free form, is often tightly structured allowing the songs themselves not to be overtaken by instrumental noodling, not that at any point does the album feel in danger of falling into this trap, with Killick’s guitar work in particular displaying an appropriate level of restraint.

Korova is a trip, not so much in an otherworldly, psychedelic way but rather in a much more real, expeditionary sense. This is conveyed musically as well as lyrically, a point which is exemplified by the album’s instrumental bookends which represent the dynamic shifts in mood that develop throughout the album’s duration. Drifting between alt rock, experimental rock and even elements of trip hop, Korova is stylistically hard to pinpoint, much like the majority of releases from the Bone Marrow Music Collective, but Ink Siblings manage to combine these varying styles into a decidedly cohesive album. Furthermore, Korova also manages to combine the directness and aggression of punk with the kind of thought provoking conceptual ideas that are more often present in music of a more complex, experimental nature; the kind of music that Korova is more closely related to instrumentally.

Whereas previous album Offal had shown promise, Korova is the sound of a band delivering on that promise whilst at the same time suggesting that there is still more potential to be reached. If Ink Silblings continue to develop in the way they have so far, their next release will certainly be one to look out for.



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JamieTwort
April 20th 2015


26988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is certainly among the more interesting releases I've heard so far this year.



Albums is available for streaming and free download here:

https://inksiblings.bandcamp.com/album/korova

Cygnatti
April 20th 2015


35399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh yes i jammed a few off this, it was quite nice. was waiting for the full album tho

JamieTwort
April 20th 2015


26988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You've already heard some of this? Nice.

zakalwe
April 20th 2015


35039 Comments


'Drifting between alt rock, experimental rock and even elements of trip hop'

Sounds like it could be the most abysmal soup ever thrown together. Review definitely makes me want to check it though. Nice work JT dude.

JamieTwort
April 20th 2015


26988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man. The mix of genres certainly isn't as awkward as that may have made it sound.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 20th 2015


67190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice

JamieTwort
April 21st 2015


26988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 21st 2015


67190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love the album art

JamieTwort
April 21st 2015


26988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, looking at the individual song art they definitely chose the best one for the cover, love it.

TheBarber
April 21st 2015


4019 Comments


Digging this a lot, cool review and great find Jamie

JamieTwort
April 21st 2015


26988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks dude, glad you're liking it.

TheBarber
April 23rd 2015


4019 Comments


yep it's got all the stench of some british industrial shithole, awesomelovely!

Cygnatti
May 2nd 2015


35399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

what a completely bizarre album. so many different flavors on this one.

PappyMason
June 29th 2015


5702 Comments


Interesting.



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