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“Trust us when we say that countless otherwise sage people have sacrificed years of their lives trying to accurately summarize the music of Kayo Dot. Singer, composer and chief conceptualist Toby Driver once allied himself with doom metal’s experimental wing. But over the course of three extraordinary studio albums made with ever-shifting lineups, Kayo Dot has become a protean entity that draws equally upon goth rock, free jazz, prog, contemporary classical music and much, much more.” – Time Out NY
Following on from Antithetic Records update concerning the vinyl edition of ‘Stained Glass‘. Kayo Dot’s leader Toby Driver has written an extensive article, breaking down this long-form composition for We Create Music. Driver talks of the composition’s origins, the fact he actually wanted it to sound ‘like stained glass’ despite the inherent difficulties of achieving such a concept. He later talks of his experience of standing in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and the influence it had over this piece. Further on, driver explains his role as conductor and collaborator Jason Byron’s violent lyrics, while commenting on each section of ‘Stained Glass’ and the appropriate instrumentation, chord structures and a sense of time that ‘characterizes the music‘ he writes. A fascinating piece from start to finish, confirming Driver as one of the more engaging musical forces today. I highly recommend listening to ‘Stained Glass‘ on the soundcloud widget below while reading this article.
The music I write these days is pretty consistently characterized by the need for all the musicians in the ensemble to listen to everyone else’s part. Each person’s timing is based on someone else’s timing, but all the timing is abstract, so there isn’t really any hub; the music is a squishy wheel turning on a cushion of space.
Things have been quiet around here for a couple weeks, but they’re heating up quickly. Now that Kayo Dot have returned from their European tour, the Stained Glass vinyl is getting our full attention. A few ideas were being tossed around between myself and Toby, and we’ve confirmed w/ Hydra Head that these details will be included in the 12″ LP release:
-500 copies on 180 gram vinyl, 2 or 3 colorways (colors and pressing numbers TBD)
-Full color jacket printed on reverse board
-Insert on uncoated stock w/ lyrics and album details
-11×17 full color poster on 100# uncoated text with additional artwork by Toby exclusive to this release
-B side will contain a super stripped down remix featuring the track as it was originally composed, as a rhodes-vibes-guitar trio. Remix is exclusive to this release.
I couldn’t be happier about being a part of this awesome release. Both Kayo Dot and Hydra Head are very excited as well. There are a few important details to work out before going into production, but it won’t be long.
Toby Driver may not need an introduction to those in the know, but for those of you unaware of this under-rated musical genius (which I was until 18 months ago!) you would do well to check out his extensive back catalogue of releases from his various, bands, projects and solo endevours. Having issued the excellent ‘Coyote‘ full-length and the ‘Stained Glass‘ EP near the end of 2010 for his band Kayo Dot, it’s full steam ahead as we hit the Summer of 2011 for Driver and Co:
Vinyl release of Kayo Dot’s ‘Coyote’ via Taiga Records (Details)
Vinyl release of Kayo Dot’s ‘Stained Glass Ep’ via Antithetic Records (Details)
4LP box set of the first three maudlin Of The Well albums to be issued via Antithetic Records (Details)
Tartar Lamb II is also now available for pre-order, digital download or vinyl via band website (Details)
Personnel: Toby Driver – Bass Guitar and Vocals Jeremiah Cymerman – Clarinet and Electronics Terran Olson – Alto Saxophone and Synthesizer Daniel Means – Alto Saxophone Tim Byrnes – Synthesizer, Trumpet, and French Horn
Guest Musicians: David Bodie – Percussion on Movement 4 Mia Matsumiya – Violin on Movement 4 Masami Tomihisa – Piano on Movement 4
Live ensemble recorded on Sep 25th, 2010 by Tomek Miernowski at Grand Street Recording in Brooklyn, NY.
Additional recording during the Fall of 2010 by Jeremiah Cymerman and Toby Driver at home and at Ft. Washington Church in New York, NY.
Analog Reverb Construction and Mixing by Randall Dunn at Aleph in Seattle, WA
Pre-Mixed by Jeremiah Cymerman and Toby Driver at home
Mastered for vinyl by Mell Dettmer at Sinister Kitchen in Seattle, WA
Special thanks to Joshua l. Aransky and Steven Taylor Miller.