With Kyoto Lo-Fi, magnitude and notability go hand in hand, and their most recent EP contains a great volume of both.
If the date December 25th didn’t already bring a spark of interest into any person's eye, Christmas of 2017 definitely exposed a new level of anticipation that is known to trail closely behind that holiday. Kyoto Lo-Fi’s EP, 2017 dropped that singular day containing three songs, all ranging from a sweet and terse 3-4 minutes. Kyoto Lo-Fi has managed to evolve without losing sight of their classic guitar struts and perceptive lyrics that soundtracked Black Rainbow. Each song is its own different craft of combing buoyant and somber emotions into one lush sounding track, capable of capturing anyones attention. The inevitable time and effort devoted to writing as well as recording these tracks makes itself an evidently constant presence, casting a warm glow upon each listener that follows from song to song. The quality of the recordings work in backing of the sheer talent, while a sprawling range of emotions is thrown at listeners in each chorus. The EP resembles a hodgepodge of the bands recent sounds as well as new sounding tools that will hopefully be accounted for in future tracks. Each song is busy with sounds and effects as if they are aiming to defy all thin lines separating the different definitions of sounds in indie genres. The songs each also all have their own psyche that allow them to contrast each other in a complementary way while still defining their own rhythm, giving them what seems like a relatable personality.
"Godot (Waiting For)" is an immediate upbeat tune that catches your attention with a deliberately placed audio clip which then jumps into an accounted for guitar/bass duo. This concept glides along the Julian Casablancas-esq vocals provided by lead singer Nico. The beat is stylish and complacent within itself, acting as the backbone for 2017 which the other songs proceed to build off of. The groove lasts throughout the entire song, never ending too quick or drawing out too long and any processed sounds are basically nonexistent.
"On The Way" is a shadowy and sensual sounding track worthy of listening to while sprawled across your bed in a crepuscular room. The verses alone put you in the mindset of one who is experiencing longing for a sumptuous libra that has a glamour like no other, while the steady guitar and bass acts as a solid foundation for your moody mindset to take shelter in. The bridge sparks a new wave of emotion catering to the ones that follow in wake of the swift and amiable presence of drums as the song fades out.
"Flowering Boulder" is a lighthearted ‘sail into the sun’ type tune that turns into a deeper song with a consistent flow that wraps up the EP. This particular song has a steady grip that remains solid and strong starting from the vault forward with a single keyboard sounding punch which then leads into the other elements present in the song. The pure hook that echoes throughout the song correlates to the type of vibe given off during "Godot (Waiting For)" which is frankly nothing but catchy.
The blooming instrumentation present in 2017 fills in so many musical expectations listeners were not even aware of until after being presented with these songs. The expectations for music presented in 2018 have been raised thanks to the stelar EP that closed out the previous year.
You can listen to 2017 or check out more of Kyoto Lo-Fi's music here.