Amigo the Devil
Diggers


4.0
excellent

Review

by LotusFlower USER (24 Reviews)
February 19th, 2016 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The wolf in gentleman's clothing

It’s shocking where the human brain can find itself when your guard is down. Dark, intrusive thoughts that lurk through the call of our ancestral blood find themselves creeping in our consciousness from time to time. Maybe it’s the passing thought of how easy it could be to slam on the gas and mow down an unsuspecting pedestrian; or the brimming feeling of violently strangling the douchebag who cut you off on a turn. If not for the generations of humans developing beyond the need to act out on animal desires; and the fact that murdering an average joe on the side of the road is generally seen as “uncool” in society, it wouldn’t be surprising that many of these thoughts would come into fruition.

Without a doubt you’ve found yourself thinking, maybe even picturing these obtrusive ideas. Playing out scenarios or immersing yourself in these violent thoughts, but immediately you catch yourself, and the thoughts leave in a heartbeat. Leaving with nothing but a look of dumbfoundment written on your face. For most people, these thoughts live and die with the self-realization that they’re present. But for Daniel Kiranos, a man who breathes the art of murder; these intrusive thoughts, along with the aid of a banjo and a couple of drinks, are the birthing ground for “murderfolk” and it’s accompanying act Amigo the Devil.

Diggers, the second EP from Kiranos, explores many of the same recurring themes of murder and insanity familiar to the project’s previous; with a twist of ironic love tinged imagery and an expansive palette of instrumental background for exceptional flavor. Opening track The Recluse, a song that takes inspiration from Ed Gein’s notorious fascination with the human skin, establishes Amigo’s desolate atmosphere perfectly. With the drawn out squeals of an electric guitar, and a quiet strum of an acoustic guitar, the two begin to gather speed and accompany one another in a hypnotic chugging riff that sees the added flavoring of a synth familiar to a low budget horror movie, harmonic choirs that mimic those of screams of a ghostly choir, and a cadence that matches Kiranos’ deceitfully calming vocals perfectly.

The song carries a first person narrative, whether it’s through the eyes of Amigo the Devil or Ed Gein himself is unknown. It’s narrative reflects the character’s confusion for their victim at hand, unsure of their intentions at their domain. Though this interest soon turns to boredom, and the woman of this story is disposed of. The most interesting aspect of this song is the narrative of the main character, who sees the victim as a figure for which they can lift their burdens from as if changeable like a coat.

The Dreamer and The Weight, the final tracks of the three track EP, deviate from the real world references in favor of a blend of love in the eyes of a delusional psychopath. The Dreamer heavily implies the character’s attraction to the body of a long deceased love one, the hopeless romantic archetype in contrast to an ideal acoustic guitar love ballad, fit with the swaying of violins; and the morbid nature of implied necrophilia works perfectly in both the context of irony and as a happy go lucky love song. As for The Weight, it explores the idea of the character finding a partner just as corrupted and empty as them, and spending a fulfilling life together. The songwriting here is as equally impressive of the former tracks, exploring the idea of both characters never being able to completely fill the voids both carry, pointing towards the need to wear “other faces” either figuratively or most likely literally and other like themes. Both of these tracks feature plucky guitar riffs in a bluegrass nature that give it a bustling energy matching the topic of insanity at hand.

Fun and morbid at just the right times, and with writing that explores the psyche of an out of reach murderer without ever being overbearing or underwhelming, Diggers is an excellent entry in Kiranos’ catalogue, and a clear answer to how Kiranos has managed to create a cult following through his music.



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LotusFlower
February 19th 2016


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Score: 3.8/5

Stream/download/buy: http://amigothedevil.bandcamp.com/album/diggers

Quick write up for a pretty cool EP. My editor is currently drunk and I'm off to bed so any mistakes that I most likely made won't be fixed up until later. Cheers!

Archelirion
February 19th 2016


6449 Comments


Cracking review, pos'd :] The narrative of this seems to be the main focus, though it sounds interesting so I may check it.

LotusFlower
February 19th 2016


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was hard for me to get across how the sound itself. I was finding the narrative to be what i was writing the most when rewriting this review because it is really interesting in context of who the focus on the song was.

The instrumentals are completely fine and pretty great on their own, but compared to his first and third EP it's a little less varied overall. Still very well composed and catchy, though.

ZippaThaRippa
February 19th 2016


10651 Comments


Weeeeeeeeeeeeeell this is charming

LotusFlower
February 19th 2016


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you dig it

CaimanJesus
February 20th 2016


3815 Comments


Good review dude. I'll check this later.

DoofusWainwright
February 20th 2016


19991 Comments


Sounds interesting.

Please don't kill me tho

Angelboros
March 6th 2016


1357 Comments


This group's pretty damn spiffy. I've already given both Manimals and this a go, and it's all intoxicating. Though Diggers contains two tracks less than its predecessor, I feel as if that doesn't hurt the EP's quality much. Thoughtful from both a songwriting and character perspective. The Weight is my personal favorite of the tunes on display here.

By the by, sweet read, CL0V.

LotusFlower
March 6th 2016


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you digged, man! This fellow is certainly one of the more interesting discoveries for the year. The Recluse is my personal favorite of the three, but The Weight is a very close second.

FullOfSounds
September 17th 2016


15814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh so this is very good. Atmospheric af.

LotusFlower
September 17th 2016


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ay, glad you enjoyed it. I'd also check out his first EP, because that ones just as class and has a lot more variety instrumentally.

FullOfSounds
September 17th 2016


15814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

His lyrics are very compelling. The production on this is fantastic as well, as it brings his voice front and center.



I would listen to all his albums tonight but I put in OKC so there's no going back.

LotusFlower
September 17th 2016


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

understandable.

danielcardoso
September 17th 2016


11770 Comments


so yea this is pretty good.

FullOfSounds
September 17th 2016


15814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yup.

FullOfSounds
September 17th 2016


15814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This feels very complete, yet it's only 3 tracks.

danielcardoso
September 17th 2016


11770 Comments


true man, closer is prob my fave atm.

LotusFlower
September 17th 2016


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first and last tracks rule indeed

danielcardoso
September 17th 2016


11770 Comments


yea easily, dreamer almost feels lacking in comparison but it's still good.

porcupinetheater
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2016


8855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't get The Recluse out of my head.



Both as a song and a feeling.



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