Boomkat Product Review:
Michigan electronica three-piece Kiln have done a terrific job on this latest full-length for Ghostly International. The first thing that strikes you about Dusker is the sheer depth and warmth of the sound palette these guys use. 'Fyrepond' is a wonderfully rich piece of post-IDM sound design, opening the album with some of the most perfectly proportioned beat programming you're likely to hear anywhere in the contemporary electronica scene. Same goes for 'Rua' which has some especially ear-pleasing spatial dynamics, panning In an almost balletic fashion. There's more to this record than fancy sound sculpting though: you'll hear a strong melodic current running through compositions like 'Airplaneshadows' and its companion piece 'Korsaire', while 'Flycatcher' takes on a more reduced, atmospheric aesthetic, bringing to mind the tuneful minimalism of Dub Tractor, Opiate or Skyphone. There's a warmth and physicality to Kiln's production work that sets them apart from so many of their contemporaries. Despite sounding utterly digital and highly technical in execution, Dusker still manages to come across as somehow organic and tangible. Lovely.