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Boomkat Product Review:
"IRIDE is the debut album of Italian musician Marco Donnarumma aka Kuoyah, whose artist debut also came through Frijsfo back in 2009. Iride is a long player weighing in at just under one hour and like his previous work it makes for intriguing, challenging yet rewarding listening. Iride in Italian translates to ‘Iris’, by the way…These tracks were written and put together in spurts of productivity between 2012 and 2014. The first fruits dropped in 2013 via the strange yet well-received digital tracks 'Freight-Rejo‘ – a different version of the latter appears on Iride’s opening stages. On the flip ‘Rejo’s slightly lighter disposition is manifested in bouncy tribal percussion, incomprehensible vocal cuts and warping chords”. Those drastic vocal edits became a mainstay in Kuoyah’s toolbox, contributing significantly to the wild, natural yet alien feeling to the productions on Iride. Bass, warmth, and those ever-enticing sub-low frequencies continue to dominate his music heavily, juxtaposed by the haunting and haunted sounds present throughout the album. The result is an unstable contrast: emptiness, fierce, harsh loneliness versus low end warmth and uplifting undertones. Perhaps partly the influence from living in London…"