Klone: The Eye Of Needle EP

It is impossible to be anything but impressed and excited by the creative wonder that is The Eye Of Needle EP from French band Klone. With knowledge of the band restricted to basically name only until now, the surprise and deeply registering pleasure gained from this new release is easily one of the most impactful so far this year going hand in hand with wondering how we managed to miss their creativity stunning until this point.

Formed in 1995 the band has not been the most prolific in releasing material with their trio of albums and previous EP coming since 2003. The new release follows the previous acclaimed Klone album Black Days of 2010, which we are informed marked a further open exploratory premise to the creativity of the quintet. Bold and instinctively passionate the release is said to have taken the band into deeper and more groundbreaking areas which the new release continues.

Released through Klonosphere Records and Season of Mist, the three track EP brings soundscapes which are fiery, colourful, and perpetually evolving, each song an aural fire of imagination and ingenuity igniting a similar blaze within emotions and the heart. The songs are an electrified weave of enveloping sounds with splintered veins of unpredictable and perpetually surprising essences. From the opening track The Eye Of Needle Part 1 the senses are lit up with an uncompromising array of ideas and remarkable ingenuity. The song begins with a searching almost menacing guitar beckoning, its energy and presence blurred at the edges with a haunting energy. As hypnotic rhythms join the growing mesmeric sway and ethnic sounds gather around the core of the song, an expansion into unveiled thought and emotions begins. The middle Eastern flavoured sounds which soon pervade the music and the vocals of Yann Ligner remind heavily of bands like Motherjane, their mutual progressive veins as mesmerically flavoursome and evocative.

As the ten minute slightly oppressive and fully sensual epic departs with the guitars of Guillaume Bernard and Michael Moreau ringing in the ears, one grabs a big gasp of breath before the following The Eye Of Needle Part 2 takes over. With the beats of Florent Marcadet commanding and the bass of Jean Etienne Maillard a prowling shadow bringing depth to the song, the piece is a fuller progressive rock explosion within the ear. It merges a more classic slightly folk metal/progressive tone into a rippling maelstrom of riffs, feisty rhythms, and melodic conspiring. More persistent and eager than its predecessor the song plunges the emotions into spiralling sonic tapestries and furious unrestrained passion. Reminding of the likes of Tool and Stone Temple Pilots coated with the atmospheric thick breath of a Nine Inch Nails the track is immense and as is the whole release much more impressive in person than mere words and  compliments can reveal.

The EP is completed by an unleashed song which comes from the sessions which bore previous album Black Days, its presence showing that the two new songs before it are a definite evolution to that album if not a massive leap forward. Monsters has a nastier snarl and more direct intent than its EP companions, the track an insatiable and rampant accessory to the overall pleasuring and riling up of feelings by the release. Again melodically impressive and the trigger to unbridled energetic responses in exchange for the powerful and irresistible invention given, the song is outstanding.

Throughout the three tracks the sax conjurations of Matthieu Metzger are a striking glory which even within the moments the surrounding sounds enclose his imaginative play twists and inspires with stunning effect. For those new to Klone, The Eye of Needle EP will not only excite deeply but inspire a retrospective investigation as well as start an impatient wait for more to come from the band.

Ringmaster 05/06/2012

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