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| Editor's Pick
Post rock, Progressive rock
Mogwai, King Crimson, Tortoise
#4 ALBUM OF 2014
Post-rock is such a fascinating genre, it is a style of music that is unique and can be groundbreaking, so we strive to find artists that are extremely original and know how to take things to another level. KERMIT is definitely one of these bands, this four-piece outfit originates from Malaga, Spain and their blend of post-rock is unusual and expansive. On their second album Litoral, released on Itaca Records, shows us that this genre is alive and well. Their approach is mainly instrumental post-rock with elements of jazz and progressive rock; think of the progressive style of Mogwai meets the exploration of King Crimson, makes for a quite distinctive sound.
Litoral is considered to be a conceptual album; it is based on a literature and poetry magazine that shares the same title of the album: Litoral. This publication was born in 1926 out of Malaga, Spain; it features works from various writers and artists, such as Picasso, Salvador Dali and Hemingway to name a few. The magazine is still alive today and the artist who designs the publication contributed to the albums’ artwork.
Now that we have a background for the album, we can see why KERMIT would want to pay tribute to Litoral. The music reflects the idea of this publication very well, its artsy and moody, with areas of exploration and moments of improvisation. "1926" begins the album and it has a soft ISIS-like melody, the guitar rhythm is infectious and very clean. There are moments of spoken word poetry at the end of this track and we will also find this use of vocals scattered throughout the album. This song leads right into "Samhain," we love the fact that each track is tied to one another with no breaks, making it easy to get lost in the music. This song has some stellar jazz-like percussion along with trippy synth work while the bass just ties it all together. "Circumpolares" is beautiful, it starts off somber than slowly morphs into an early Yes-like progressive jam than shifts into some sort of spaced-out Hawkwind exploration to end, sounds like too much, but it works.
The albums just continues to impress with "We tripantu" and "Ingeborg," both tracks have a progressive exploratory sound. The guitar on these tracks retains a Steve Howe appeal to them, perhaps taking a page from the classic Yes album Fragile. The galloping rhythm of "Magnitizdat" along with the scattered vocals and the jazz improve alto saxaphone makes this a very stimulating track. The album closes with the exploratory "1927". This track will take you away; as the jazz beginning will soon develop into an all-out trippy progressive jam, than ends beautifully with some faded poetry and music.
KERMIT has unleashed an extraordinary piece of work with Litoral, they have definitely taken post-rock to new levels. This will no doubt be a mainstay in your rotation and we must not forget about their first album Autoficcion, this album is also worthy of your attention. - 4/27/2014
Standout Tracks: Circumpolares, 1926