Kiyo: Chaotech Odd Echo

Schematic, 2003

Chaotech Odd Echo cover

Described by the artist as “warm noise from Japan,” this LP is actually slightly melodic. “Scope,” for example, features soft notes among its burbles and beats. “Way Out” is more complex, its subtle melody nestled in crunchy beats. “On a Peice,” [sic] on the other hand, is atmospheric, with deep bass and textured sounds. The album ends with “Sunset Vibe,” a cleansing wash of noise.

While there is variety to these tracks, the album as a whole feels cohesive. Kiyo has an ear for interesting sounds, and there is a certain warmth, a nostalgia, behind his electronics. This release is like a found object—a documented journey through a sonic shadow box.

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