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Kayo Dot Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue

1. Gemini Becoming the Tripod 2. Immortelle and Paper Caravelle 3. Aura on an Asylum Wall 4. _____ on Limpid Form 5. Amaranth the Peddler
2006 Robotic Empire
Our score 9


I generally try to refrain from making absolutist comments. However, I'm going to come out of the gate with both pistols firing and say right now that if there is to be a better release in the remaining 11+ months of 2006, then it will have to work its hardest day and night, down to the wire of this upcoming New Year's Eve, to top what Kayo Dot has done on their newest release for Robotic Empire, Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue. If you're not familiar with Kayo Dot's debut release or their previous musical incarnation, Maudlin Of The Well, then I suggest you just listen to them, because to describe everything the collective does musically would extend well past the space I have here. And if you are already a fan of Kayo Dot, then you can just stop reading and go buy the new one immediately, because you've surely been long anticipating its release. For the unfamiliar, I will try my best at a reasonably accurate description, or at least a set of comparisons. Here we go. First, the people who spew forth lazy analogies stating that Kayo Dot is similar to Isis, Neurosis, or even Sunn 0))) couldn't be farther off the mark. If what those bands do is in a different zip code from your standard metalcore group, then Kayo Dot's work is not even in the same country. Think instead if you blended the caustic instrumental mixture of ASVA, the deceptively quiet (and tortured screaming) moments of Khanate, the harshly bowed strings of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the occasional spazzing of Tusk, and a thousand other things that I can't think of, then you'll at least be halfway there. There are even beautifully orchestrated moments of trumpet and strings that harken back to the gorgeous layered jazz compositions of Davis and Evans. Perhaps, everything included, Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue would be like if Angelo Badalamenti created a soundtrack for an ultra-violent version of Lost Highway (only more subtle at times). Some of this is not surprising considering their debut was released on John Zorn's label. Do you see now Probably not. Oh well, it just needs to be heard. Bottom Line: The seven (that's right, seven) musicians in Kayo Dot are truly artists. They have honed their craft to an edge sharper than most, and the five tracks on Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue that clock in at over an hour are truly something that needs to be heard to be believed. Kayo Dot have created the most layered, far-reaching, and epic album of recent memory and they have done it absolutely splendidly: without pretense or haste.


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mattox_ 1/18/2006 6:45:05 PM

it took a while to fully absorb. but im really starting to like this album

mattox_ 1/18/2006 6:45:34 PM

oh yeah, 1st post bitches

truthsayer_ 1/18/2006 7:08:52 PM

Remarkable effort from one of the most creative groups out there. Definitely not for everyone, but for those who can appreciate the style, a one-of-a-kind record. Great review.

Cory_ 1/18/2006 7:34:58 PM

Ash, do you ever actually listen to anything remotely upbeat, well-structured and competently produced? I'm beginning to think you don't actually like music at all. Random Factory Noises = 10/10!!!

Ashness_ 1/18/2006 8:06:28 PM

I listen to nothing but Robotic Empire and Neurot. And with this, i shall live in gloom, doom, and ambient noise for the rest of my miserable life.

Rikethink_ 1/18/2006 8:30:56 PM

Reviewer wins for referencing Angelo Badalamenti and Lynch's "Lost Highway." Kayo Dot = good...

Tim_ 1/18/2006 8:33:49 PM

Arrogant review.

united_ninety_three_ 1/18/2006 9:11:26 PM

ehh, kayo dot is decent, but alongside everything else being released this year, dowsing anemone is nothing i'll find myself masturbating to.

deadwithfear_ 1/18/2006 9:30:24 PM

if this album is a 9/10, then i must be missing something. also that would make choirs of the eye a 12/10. along with the new mogwai.

hxcobd_ 1/18/2006 9:51:36 PM

Arrogant review is right. Overrated band, overrated album, etc etc etc. Just because a band incorporates 32059 different styles doesn't make them 9/10 worthy.

eadup_ 1/18/2006 9:54:53 PM

it's yet to attach itself like Choirs of the Eye...maybe a little too out there for my preference. as someone mentioned, I'll take new mogwai over this any day of the week.

Kevin_ 1/18/2006 10:52:28 PM

Why do bands of this general style insist on using such f*cking stupid album names? The music itself sounds interesting, but I think my attention span can only deal with 15 minutes songs for so long. I feel like if I listen to this all I'll hear in a song is 10 minutes of random noises and 5 minutes (at most) of actual song.

willxcore_ 1/18/2006 10:56:07 PM

more guys in the band than songs on the cd? no thanks

Ash_ 1/18/2006 11:31:55 PM

These comments really crack me up. Particularly Cory's!

yousuck_ 1/18/2006 11:51:21 PM

hahaah willxcore you only lurk on the news page i see thats what you get for being such a huge gay that youre not even wanted the board you f*ck

ass_cobra_ 1/18/2006 11:52:00 PM

this band/album is amazing. i got to see maudlin of the well once and it was amazing too. i need to see kayo dot live.

bigego_ 1/19/2006 12:16:31 AM

i hope that when i here this i am not bitterly disappointed

nick larusso_ 1/19/2006 4:11:34 AM

have a wank and listen to kayo dot and times of orchids, a good night in

wizardsbeard_ 1/19/2006 5:30:31 AM

I love this band, but this review is having a hard time. The album is in no way impossible to describe. Don't spend two paragraphs telling me you can't describe something!

anonymous 1/19/2006 8:11:39 AM

this album only has 5 songs is it really worth buying

brock_middlebrook_ 1/19/2006 11:10:35 AM

*completly uninterested, wonders when this genre will die*

Kanye West_ 1/19/2006 12:53:35 PM

George Bush doesn't care about Black people playing brass instruments in an amazing band, but you should.

bleedE_ 1/19/2006 4:53:06 PM

my band is better than this trash

Paul_ 1/19/2006 6:16:10 PM

Amazing Band and album check out my review at:

panzram_ 1/19/2006 6:33:54 PM

This review: "I lack the imagination or writing chops to describe the music. Just listen to it OK? It's super!"

maplethorp_ 1/19/2006 7:14:22 PM

this band has their own sound. for that they demand respect.

jackdanielseh_ 1/19/2006 10:00:52 PM

incredibly original and incredible talent. Definitely deserves your respect.

mitsivurg_ 1/20/2006 7:51:18 AM

This album is horrid. Most pretentious group on the face of the planet.

Coley Thrash_ 1/20/2006 10:09:53 AM

Lambgoat really needs to stop sucking the dcks of every pretentious band that can't push current genres and built grounds so they try to build a feeble senseless one of their own. It's just like all of those pretentious movies, Donnie Darko, Requiem For a Dream, etc. Granted, I like both of those movies. But there are some aspects that just can't be explained. And while we all think they may be beyond us, so being into it will make us more intelligent, we are wrong. It is not beyond us, it is n

united_ninety_three_ 1/20/2006 2:56:01 PM

well put coley.

Fur_Beach_ 1/23/2006 8:40:09 PM

my band is better than this trash posted by bleedE () on 1/19/2006 4:53:06 PM attn: Your band is the most clichéd AIDS ridden garbage ever. Newsflash: learn how to scream, stop ripping off bands that are ripoffs of other ripoffs, get out of high school, lose some weight and stop wearing your sisters jeans. f*cking Scenebot child. Kayo dot is something called inventive. Look it up

Steve_ 1/24/2006 7:19:45 AM

Definitly Overratted review, i liked it for about 2 min on the intro song, way too long, not enough happening, good for ambeint shit maybe? This isnt even metal, f*ckin pussies

scooper_ 1/24/2006 11:02:42 AM

this is a great review of 'choirs of the eye,' but applied to 'dowsing...' it's hagiography. a disappointing set of samey material further handicapped by muddy production and a few truly cringeworthy performances. a shame -- 'choirs' is in my top 10 of all time, but this record lacks a lot of what made the first one so great.

yay_ 1/10/2007 5:32:49 AM


anonymous 10/6/2007 11:54:18 AM

listen to "Aura on an Asylum Wall" and tell me that this shit isn't brilliant