|MH-238 Clue To Kalo - One Way, It's Every Way
Written and recorded in Adelaide, Australia during a two-year period of great personal change, and finished on a four-month adventure in Brooklyn, USA, One Way, It's Every Way is Mark Mitchell's second record as Clue To Kalo. Designed as a musical palindrome, the album is an unabashedly ambitious, surprisingly celebratory meditation on death. Instrumental contributions from old and new friends, as well as elements of classic folk, lo-fi rock, and bedroom electronica, are all taken out of context and remade as a ten track set thick with overloaded melodies, multi-part harmonies, and literate language. One Way, It's Every Way is a stunning development for Clue To Kalo both musically and lyrically.
|A serious contender for 2005's best record - Scissorkick / Extraordinarily unassuming, gorgeous release - Stylus / A master of counterintuitive pop arrangements - Chord / Will pull at your heartstrings and carry you back to nostalgic places in the best of ways - Metro.Pop
|Dazzling. Dreamy. Warm. That basically sums up this unexpectedly great album. Don't get me wrong - Clue to Kalo's first release was really good too, but it just didn't have that definable edge to it. It was much harder to seperate Come Here When You Sleepwalk from other laptop dreampop. One Way It's Every Way separates itself from CTK's first album and from the rest of the genre. But then again, it's hard to say exactly why. Listening to the album two or three times, I wasn't able to tell many songs from each other, except for the first couple which are just stunning in their beauty. I have a feeling once I give the CD a couple more listens, I'll have a better ear for even the later tracks and won't let them all mold together. One thing's for sure though: Clue to Kalo had a much clearer goal in mind when they made this album. Their first album is just as dreamy, but only a couple songs have lyrics. On One Way It's Every Way, most of the songs have lyrics and very catchy melodies to boot. I think that's what mainly makes this album so much more fun to listen to. Track one sets the stage with a quick catchy dreamy song. The next three are just stunning. Really. Joy pours through the speakers and pumps the listener with mellow happiness. As I said before, the rest of the CD sort of molds together for me, but the last track's good feel with horns and flutes melts my heart and is a perfect closer. I promise that this CD will satisfy electronics geeks, emo fans of Jimmy Eat World's Clarity, ambient fiends, and maybe even poppy kids who like to chill out every once in a while. Yeah, so thats pretty much everyone. So... - Undress Me Robot