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thebrotherkite
thebrotherkite
Claire Records
www.thebrotherkite.com


I am a shoegazer. You all know that. You all know that my musical diet has long consisted of copious amounts of Catherine Wheel, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and the like. It should be absolutely no surprise to you then, that I love thebrotherkite. This band has managed to capture the essence of the early 90's scene and merge it bombastically with the more indie elements of most of their contemporaries. Hard edged shoegaze, or emo-gaze-core, are things that I would most certainly refer to this music as. Edgey, deliberate, orchestrated and noisy, thebrotherkite's debut record is a sonic wonderland.

"Goodnight, Goodnight, Goodnight" starts the album off in true wall-of-sound shoegazing ecstasy, very reminiscent of early Ride. The vocals are prominent, while being washed out to the point of genre acceptability. The My Bloody Valentine-ishness kicks in fully on "The Music Box". The song differs in tone from those glory days of Kevin Shields, but contains many of the same sonic traits that endeared a generation of listeners to his work. The evidently slowing guitars and steady drumbeats pay homage to MBV, without being derivative or contrived. The more modern integration begins to creep in on "Simply Say My Name". The music trades a bit of its noisy character for the chiming, monotonous guitars of indie rock. Which I don't mean to sound like a bad thing- the song is full of tranquil tensions that build slowly to a keyboard-heavy groove that leads back into the more sonic territory that this band seems to do so well. "Porcelain" makes my soul yearn for the days of Chapterhouse and Adorable. It is a fast paced race thru territory that seems immediately familiar, while remaining very much its own sound. That is the key to thebrotherkite. The music is strangely familiar, even though you've never heard it before, but is indisputably its own monster- with its own horns and gnashing teeth. Recognizable, yet completely individual.

…And do yourself a favor. Listen to this record LOUD. I'm pretty sure that's the way it is supposed to be heard. All the good music is.

-Embo Blake

Track listing:

1. Goodnight, Goodnight, Goodnight
2. The Music Box
3. Mere Appreciation
4. Simply Say My Name
5. Porcelain
6. Death Ray
7. The Blackout
8. The Way That You Came Down


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