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Apparently some dude from Pitchfork reckons Kyle is the king of drone. Like, can you imagine if this music started affecting all walks of society instead of stressed middle class office workers. He'd have to really get his stage act together for the arena tours. Anyway, my granddad, he's the king of drone right. He goes on and on etc about the war, the government, price of crisps and how many dogs have shat in his garden recently.
I really don't know quite how someone manages to transcend what dearly missed office sage Brett once sneered about "cookie-cutter drone", but quite a few artists have made their mark in the last decade by forging ahead with an inviting concoction of peaceful and ponderous tone fluctuation and mellifluous dronescapes, some of which is amongst the most sublime mind-clearing sound art of its kind. I'm not gonna pretend that KBD is a genius but he does fall into that timeless category populated by Brian Eno, Stars of the Lid and Celer. His "song titles" are most amusing too, a welcome relief from, say, Celer's overly-poetic and clumsy abandonments of rationale. Along with the Loren Dent double set on Infraction - also landing this week - you all have a few hours of beautiful ambient classicism to look forward to.
9/10 Pietro Sands 7th September 2014
After spending a few years loving output of his on the Low Point and Desire Path labels i was very excited to hear of a triple release of Kyle Bobby Dunn music... And he has crafted the most gorgeous album I think I'll ever hear. There are mesmerizing moments of sadness and vastness that truly confirm the human condition and state of the modern mind of man but through listening a depth and power that is not found in any other form of music. Since this is often referred to as ambient and drone music it is incredibly interesting how energized yet ghostly the tracks can flow and work on the listener. This composer has almost abolished time and speed in his sounds so interestingly and beautifully that it's hard to see where it might go from here; but will be just as infinitely exciting if another release surfaces in the future. For what might be considered by most people a long album, my only reason for 9/10 is that this is still not long enough.
10/10 Brian Triggs 19th June 2014
Honestly, this is the most potent, emotionally interesting and complex work being made in our time. The Stars of the Lid and Brian Eno comparisons do tend to get a bit old, I mean this sounds extremely different than those artists if you actually listen to those artists or spend your time drawings minute comparisons... anyway, this is easily the best album you will obtain and listen to for a long time and it is amazing to own it on the large vinyl format. Just imagine the most intense emotions, frustrating beauties and deepest realms of remote nature and you can start to feel the sounds that this brilliant young composer works towards. Highest possible recommendation and utter perfection of an album.
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