ALBUM REVIEW: Ambeson “When Colours Flow”

Release Date: 12th July 2010

Here at The Kaje we receive a lot of promotional material, and every now and again something completely surprises us – “When Colours Flow” is definitely one of those cases. Unsigned Ambeson a.k.a Rich Keyworth has put together an album which makes you question exactly why he isn’t signed up to a label somewhere in the UK.

‘A Window To Look Through’ opens the album in a haze of gentle futurism which sets out Ambeson’s experimental stall. For near-on 90 seconds very simple melody just flows back and forth, in a relaxed manner. At that 90 second mark Ambeson adds the twist which suddenly builds the track with the odd triangle-esque twang, and a second melody moving the listener on beyond the window.

That glimpse  through the window, is only the start with “Carapace” and “Djerzinski” both cracking tracks in their own right. This isn’t a hard-edged experimental album, with scrapes, bangs and friction. This is an album carefully crafted, smooth and subtle. Even the slightly more electronica elements of “Carapace” are tasteful and educated in their inclusion. “Our Blue Opel Friend” is, together with “Triptych”, more developmental with those darker strands of Ambeson’s psyche coming through. But the almost Moby-esque vocals hauntingly taunt the listener before sending them on a little electronic whirlwind.

For the sake of £3 on Bandcamp it’s difficult to see why you shouldn’t buy the album. It has everything you want from a chilled, modern electronica recording. Put it on, sit back and be drawn into the world of Ambeson.

“When Colours Flow” is out now for download.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Constantinos Kypridemos

ALBUM REVIEW: Capac “Pastels EP”

Record Label: ontheshelf
Release Date: 23.08.2010

Liverpudlian three-piece “Capac” have released the EP ‘Pastels’, a collection of tracks typifying what they are all about. A mixture of genres like “leftfield”, “prog” and “post-rock” flow throughout the 5 track EP, and bar one track we really have to recommend the trio.

‘Palindrome’ is an unnerving opener, drifting from moment to moment, with an ambiance that is something akin to a feather floating down to earth. The mixture of guitar and drums, with that progressive feel that seems to be the trio’s trademark, is not something new, but is certainly refined. Even ‘Missing 36’ which starts off with an industrial sound, much edgier and harder, still reverts back to a more ambient tone. “Capac” mix both into a kind of industrial ambiance which is difficult to ignore.

The stand-out track has to be ‘Circle, Yes’ which does exactly what it says on the tin. It has that cyclical element to it, whilst also reminding the listener of strobe lit, smoke filled, venues. With previous versions of this track appearing on CSI (as in the TV programme), the perfectness of those circles is clearly defined.Even when the strings kick for the final time at it’s conclusion, the sense of purpose still remains and some listeners will be reminded of Tom Middleton
in his “Cosmos” incarnation.

In terms of the track we didn’t like, “Flies” is too progressive in view of what else is on the EP. However, the trio’s experimentation and endeavour can undoubtedly not be faulted.

“Capac” are definitely a group to keep one massive eye on, and many more good things are to be expected of them.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Constantinos Kypridemos

New Issue Out Today!

September Issue!!

The summer has come and gone, and The Kaje is still here! Issue 5 is our best to date with an array of well-known, and some not so well-known artists gracing our magazine. Come take a look…

Read it here!

Email us at thekaje@thekaje.com to ensure you get updates on our future issues. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The September issue contains:

Stornoway “A living, breathing Mark Twain novel.”
Levi Miller “I thought it was great to be famous enough to have your picture on a pencil case.”
Eliza Doolittle “I have something to work towards rather than something to live up to.”

Tye Matthew Harris “I believe a point comes when you have to change things in your life.”
Dog Is Dead “We’d like people to think of us as a choir and an orchestra making pop music.”
Chris Anthony “It is much better to be inspired than to think up new ideas if that makes sense.”
Example “I just want people to take my music for what it is.”
The Milk “We just play really well with each other.”
Motion City Soundtrack “We are like family. We have learned to live around each other.”

Freemasons “It is only a matter of time before albums are released as apps…”
Tara Mathew “I just feel transformed to a different world when I perform.”
K. Anderson “As a teenager all I listened to was music by lesbian.”

Win! Win!

Forgotten Gems:

Album: Shelby Lynne “I am Shelby Lynne”
Book: Jim Thompson The Killer Inside Me”
Film: Rebecca

Designer of the Month: Robot Alien Clothing

Reviews:
Albums: Locnville “Sun In My Pocket”, Capac “Pastels EP”, Fyfe Dangerfield “Fly Yellow Moon”, She Makes War “Disarm”, Aaron Wright and The Aprils “Behold A Pale Horse”
Singles of The Month: The Like “Wishing He Was Dead”. Dog is Dead “Young”
Live Music: V Festival, Kendal Calling , Summer Sundae, One Night Only, Wildbird & Peacedrums
Theatre: Corrie!, Sound Of Music, Joseph
Film: Robin Hood, Kick-Ass
Books: Matthew Yorke “Pictures of Lily”, JockyBoy26 “The Big Book of Gaydar (Uncut!)”

  • Latest Issue

    ISSUE 6: OUT NOW Email thekaje@thekaje.com if you want it direct to your inbox for free!!

  • Blog Archive


  • Enter your email address to subscribe to us and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 41 other followers




  • Follow TheKajeBlog on Twitter
  • Follow The Kaje Sessions