Kiln Creates New Sound
by Clementine Wiley on Friday, November 22nd, 2013
I was not aware that the combination of whimsically synthesized drum beats, electronic rhythms, erratic computer-generated noises and sporadic flute notes could be labeled as song, but the evidence lies in Kiln’s bizarrely named album “meadow:watt.”
When I sampled this electric album in search of new music different from my usual collection, I discovered an innovative goldmine. The album’s nine songs, each with names inexplicably more random than the last, gave startling yet impactful first impressions. At first, I was not impressed by the track list; “Roil” zipped up and down a range of auditory discomfort, “Pinemarten” disturbed me with its buzzing background, “Kopperkosmo” caused my computer to gurgle, and “Star.Field” gave me the sensation of grain pouring into my ear. Though this auditory experience certainly sounds unpleasant, a fan’s comment on AllMusic.com made me recognize that I, as a reviewer of the electronic music genre, was dreadfully unappreciative of “the meticulous commingling of warm, organic textures and modern electro-manipulation that have been the band [Kiln]’s hallmark.”
I have found a new liking for bands like Kiln who specialize in mixing sounds to craft unique songs. Under the influence of a music industry heavy in repetitive beats and lyrics, we, as part of the predominantly pop-consuming public, will rarely come across a musical style quite like this one. Perhaps, we should all take the time to “Roil” our complacent eardrums with with these original tracks. Though bizarre, the unique beats showcase this band’s impressive musical skills.
I, at least, guarantee that after listening you will be asking, “:watt?” These songs might unexpectedly leave you wanting more… However, in the likely case that this band does not not suit your tastes, fall back to your pop music with a refreshed appreciation for those familiar beats.
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