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Clue to Kalo
One Way, It's Every Way
Mush Records

Rating: 8/10 ?

November 7, 2005
Someone get this fucker a Volkswagen commercial, or a placement as background music in some indie film or something - Clue to Kalo is Mark Mitchell, and he creates breathy music that you'd love to drive alone to on a quiet and isolated summer night… Or maybe you'd like to sit in a coffee house and bust out your laptop to check that thesis you've been working on… Or maybe you'd want to do neither of these things, but would love to sit on your couch and listen to a lush and vibrant electronic tinged album full of layered beauty. In any case, this album is for you.

As an Australian, Mark Mitchell crafts music normally seen tackled by the Brits on Warp Records or hipsters elsewhere scattered throughout the US in enclaves of Brooklyn and beyond. Mitchell's half whispered vocals remind me of Mike Kinsella of indie folker band Owen, though the music itself is nothing like that band's: Mitchell combines the organic and acoustic elements of Four Tet with the soothing vibe of Her Space Holiday and the layered sounds of other groups that escape me, mostly because Clue to Kalo is much more original than name-checking would connote. For example, "Seconds when Minutes" adds a lilting harpsichord-style fugue to Mitchell's layered and overlapping vocals, creating an utterly hypnotic swirl.

While each track will easily draw you in like some severe undertow, there is one standout here: "Ignore the Forest Floor" best illustrates Mitchell's skill at layering tracks on top of each other; there is one simple guitar part that loops dutifully while other while beats and vocals mutate into a disorienting cacophony. There are a lot of payoffs throughout this album; it is so dense that each track can be dissected differently with each new listen. It is certainly fun discovering each new twist and turn on One Way, It's Every Way, and Clue to Kalo have created a great album to get lost in.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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