Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Reign Of Kindo "Play With Fire" (2013)

It's been a while since a band has immediately grabbed my attention, having me seeking out their records based on one song, but "The Reign Of Kindo" did exactly that. One of my first thoughts was pondering if there was once a time I would of turned my nose up at this. Where I've taught myself how to appreciate more varieties of music, Ive learned to hear what the artist is expressing, as opposed to what I want to hear. Kindo's aesthetic on an initial impression is poppy, classy and far from the feast of anger and aggression I'm used to. Through that aesthetic I hear a mighty and fierce musical force of expression projected with true intensity and energy that I may of once not heard.

But enough about my experience, Kindo are an American five piece band from New York who describe themselves as "Makers of music". Their rich and illustrious songs elevated by a range of studio musicians who accompany the five, giving them an arsenal of instruments and styles to pull from at any point. Kindo will be no oddity of sound, but their style truly distorts genre boundaries and expectations despite feeling so grounded and "regular". Drawing their main structural influences from Jazz Rock, Pop and Progressive Rock, the band dazzle with an array of subtle influences that creep into the various tracks, so much so you can hear inklings of Indie, Alternative, Soul, Swing, Big Band and even Latin in the layers of instrumentation that back the core group. Whats charming is how intelligent and natural the compositions are, and how much they put into a track yet leaving a big space for singer Joseph Secchiaroli's stunning, powerful voice to fill. Its a chemistry of musical perfection, delivered with a timeless pop sensibility.

The record is a solid one, variety, flow and consistency run from start to end (almost), yet the group set a very high bar with the ferocious opener "The Hero, The Saint, The Tyrant, & The Terrorist", delivering the albums best riffs, moments, build up and exquisite vocal hooks. The rest of the record doesn't quite reach the same intensity but their is plenty to enjoy and a few calmer numbers that personally I don't think catch the same spirit and charm as the upbeat songs. The production is fantastic, so much so I had at no point given a single thought to it, every instrument is audible, balanced and mixed to give and easy listening experience that carriers a lot of weight.

The final three tracks fizzle out a little for me, "Romancing A Stranger" making a meal of an obvious infatuation and "I Hate Music", really good instrumentally but lyrically it made be wince a little, I feel its pointless to make broad sweeping judgments on pop culture and whats played on the radio. The frank and blunt lyrical delivery just furthered the lack of connection to the point of view. Great record, the band have huge potential and I look forward to hearing their next release!

Favorite Songs: The Hero, The Saint, The Tyrant, & The Terrorist, Sing When No One's Around, Feeling In The Night, Sunshine
Rating: 7/10