4 Nov 2016
Dayz of Purple and Orange review Kuro's S/T debut album
KURO, on paper at least, sound like a most unlikely pairing: Gareth Turner from psychedelic noiseniks Big Naturals & Anthroprophh, and Agathe Max, a Lyon born classically trained violinist with the gift of creating some ethereal and beautiful soundscapes. However, coming together as KURO for their debut album, soon to be released by Rocket Recordings, this duo have produced something unique and darkly beautiful. Expertly recorded by Joe Garcia, the album....well...as Max explains (via the Bandcamp page) “We wanted to create a journey for the listeners, to create an inner cinema with emotional landscapes, old time cults and stories of lost sailors”. A small note - this review is of the 6 tracks found on the CD / digital version....the vinyl is comprised of 4 tracks.
'Arashi' opens with the same plaintive strings heard on some the best Godspeed You! Black Emperor material and almost immediately you are transported to an unearthly place. Beneath Max's violin rumbles a subterranean drone that adds a real depth and only serves to heighten the almost melancholic vibe. 'The Heirophant' is a most apt title...the combination of Max's violin and Turner's manipulation of sound could be the musical expression of some esoteric ritual, calling and transporting adherents to a place nearer their chosen deity...it has an inherent mysticism that cannot fail to move even the hardened music lover...
Read the rest of the glowing review here: Kuro
And see them play three shows this weekend starting tonight at Cafe Kino in Bristol