Review- “End’s Meat”- Kilometre Club

reviewed by Michael Thomas

A band with confidence is always a band that at least gets some attention. So it was with Toronto-based “folktronica” group Kilometre Club, who describe themselves as follows. Quote,

Kilometre Club is the greatest band ever to exist. Period. Exclamation mark. Imagine the most brilliant minds from all of the most awesome bands that you currently listen to mixed up in a blender (but not enough so that their talents are liquefied). What would that milkshake taste like? Kilometre Club.

They’re bold, I’ll give them that, and hey, they’re not half-bad either. As I’ve mentioned recently, two genres that really get me going are folk and electronic, and the band manages a successful marriage of the two usually-separate genres.

But how exactly would you define “folktronica”? Well, maybe it’s the idea of electronics being used to create soft atmospheres that are backed by soft vocals. Take the opener, “Hollowed,” which is also one of the EP’s standout tracks. Ukulele can be heard strum, but it is supported by all kinds of other electronic wonders, including ringing bells. The vocals are basically indistinguishable, but the idea here isn’t clarity; it’s a lush atmosphere. And it succeeds in that.

“Midnight City” takes up the electronics another notch. This time the uke is in the background with louder electronic riffs taking up the foreground. “Let’s All Float” is a quick number that sounds to me like the type of music robots would listen to in order to feel happy. The beeping is definitely happy-sounding, and the cheery atmosphere is further established as the lead singer says “Let’s all float to the moon.”

“And I” is the song that can definitely be called the most folk. There are very audible ukulele strums here, and the vocals are at their most clear. It’s a passionate ode to what I would assume to be a lover. Quickly though, “Scene: Forest” comes in like a hurricane. There is so much going on in this song you’ll find it near impossible to comprehend on your first, and probably second or third listens as well. “I Woke Again,” meanwhile, seems to switch neatly between the physical instruments and electronics.

Finally, there’s the slightly bittersweet “Ossington.” The song pays tribute (in a sense) to the Toronto street, but it’s also coupled with a story that might be familiar. The character (perhaps motivated by real-life experience) lived on Ossington, moves away, and moves back several years later to find out that the street’s not the same as he remembered. Whether this is a negative thing or not is hard to tell; the line “It made me feel like I never should have gone” could be interpreted either way. The ambiguous note of the song makes for a strong ending.

Kilometre Club have definitely cornered their sound, which is a nice thing to hear from a debut EP. I have little other advice for this band other than to keep doing what they’re doing, and perhaps one day they will indeed be the best band in the world.

End’s Meat (which is a pretty clever title, I might add) is a FREE download from Bandcamp.

Top Tracks: “Hollowed”; “Ossington”

Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good)

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