Thursday, March 11, 2004

Kiln- Sunbox
Ghostly International
A version forthcoming in

A light used to replicate the sunshine, colloquially known as a sunbox, is often used to treat problems such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It's characterized by depression in the winter months and said to be related to seasonal variations in light. Kiln are a trio hailing from Michigan, a state that’s no stranger to inclement weather, and their sound can best be described as an aural prescription for grey days of the mind.

Kiln's latest record, on the excellent Ghostly International, can be characterized under the broad swath that is downtempo electronic. More specifically, Sunbox is a subtle masterpiece of warm textures, crackles and gentle melodies ideal for headphone consumption. Intricate glitches dance left to right, from background to foreground, over layers of slightly distorted synth tones. The record constantly engages the listener, divulging more with every play; a characteristic of the most cerebral electronic releases. While Kiln have produced a record of intimate music constructed under grey Michigan skies, it is a perfect soundtrack to sunrises viewed from airplane windows.

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