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Set Sail The Prairie
Hopeless/ Sub City Records

The rock quintet Kaddisfly, originally from Portland, Oregon, have returned with their recent effort Set Sail The Prairie which is the follow up to their 2005 release Buy Our Intention, We'll Buy You A Unicorn. Produced by the band and Kris Crummett, Set Sail The Prairie is submerged in long, winding melodies that range in currents from high to low vibrations, move from rapid tempos to lackadaisical torch song moods, and jump from stormy torrential flourishes to lukewarm simmers. The movements are volatile and the chord transitions are capricious. One minute the rhythmic patterns have a soft punk groove, the next they're intensified by a rampage of power chords and then in the next phase the patterns are willowy and pliant all done within in the same song. The musical portraits are a motley bunch that can have stout guitar riffs liken to Rookie Of The Year and soft melodic swirls with similar Melee representations. Kaddisfly concentrate on the level of their vibrations, moving them from towering to wind-swept while keeping the effects in a constant state of flux.

The songs portray the changing moods of band members Christopher James Ruff (lead vocals/piano), Aaron William Tollefson (guitar), Kile Michael Brewer (bass), Beau Justin Kuther (drums/percussion), and Kelsey Beck Kuther (guitar/percussion). Sometimes the chord progressions are curdled and squeezed and at other times the guitar riffs are stretched out and evangelical sounding, like on "Summer Solstice" and "Winter Solstice." The lively rhythmic build ups and withdrawals on tracks like "Harbor" and "Camp Fire" are flung with a Boys Like Girls javelin while the light punk-rock pulsing on "Waves" has correlations to Alexisonfire and Rookie Of The Year. Ruff performs some extraneous vocal scales on the songs which create twists and turns through the contrasts in the melodic motions. The heavy tones of "Birds" are embroidered with emotive vocals which take on a raging throttle on "Clouds" along stormy chord twines and drum fills that dig in but then turn calmer on the outro.

"Empire" is vastly changeable with fluffy chord movements on the intro which grow into rushing tempos heated by strapping taut vocals. The songs have hulls of virile vibrations and receding motions like on "Snowflakes" and "Mercury", songs kilned by rhythmic rises and descents. The instrument parts correlate with one another from the cathedral-esque vibrations, as Hybrid's own Gareth Bowles describes them, to liquidity surfs. The vibrations are prismatic like on "Silk Road" and "Clock Work" while the chains of dawdling piano notes give the songs a jazz-den crackle. The sound effects of a train coming into a station introduces "Via Rail" and build up the gentle movements into power chord squeezes. The soft tempo of "Forest" has a sweet vocal resonance which advance into curdling chord series, raspy vibrations, and jotting vocals.

Kaddisfly has been recording albums since 2001 and released several EP's before signing to Hopeless/Sub City Records. Their recent album Set Sail The Prairie has everything that the band has been working up towards and fits right in with the Vans Warped Tour format, which Kaddisfly will be joining in August, 2007. Architecturally, the album is very dynamic with long, winding melodies and variations in the vocals which make the songs frisky.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1. Summer Solstice
2. Campfire
3. Waves
4. Harbor
5. Birds
6. Clouds
7. Empire
8. Winter Solstice
9. Snowflakes
10. Via Rail
11. Silk Road
12. Mercury
13. Clockwork
14. Forest

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