Cannibals At Sea EP
TBR: 26th October
Multi-faceted Kayla Painter extends her musicality even further with this stunning five track extended play. Known for her in depth electronic work with elements of her English Bristol scene and Fijian dual heritage, Cannibals At Sea explores the next level on from where she left off. The deep and interesting character of Kayla Painter’s sound gets even more intriguing as this quintet of quality plays out. While digging up the bones of Fiji’s cannibalistic past and tying into various folklore surrounding the islands in the Pacific, this work brings a mysterious and exotic destination to temperate Britain.
Sentimental Swagger begins as a breezy tone, low and wood flavoured, and its then joined by polyphonic additions which adjust in texture. Odd instructions of sound break the waves like beautiful static and as the poetry of sound spirals onward, a loose rhythm forms on the rattling tempo. Tightening its hold with each passing loop, the rope brings the track together as percussive elements start to knead everything into a homogenous piece. Pulsations of note and voice mingle with jostling beats and sampled strangeness while the sonic pressure slowly builds. Trumpeting and horns all the while sprinkle a human edge over the otherwise space-age and steam-punk ambience.
Soon a new twist brings further static infused melody to the table. More rhythmic this time, track two takes a corridor into gloomy lights and protruding angles of sound. Mechanical grindings softly spoken with percussion and ghostly wails meet in a triad of computerised yet organic feeling sway. Greeting Your Enemies perhaps has a dark and hidden sense to it, one of suspicion and of unspoken thoughts. Heady beats dominate yet without being intrusive, the backdrop of the piece remains part of the integral focus. The periphery to this is the sounds in themselves, all flattening out gently from the middle.
Sacrificial Magic has an echoing quality that tingles with cymbal taps and aerated reverb. Wistful tones meander from the ground up into spirals of phantasmagoric opulence. Harmonising vocals twist and turn around each other’s thread while additions of melodic voice plump the vocals with their passions. The male and female timbres meeting in the music allow for a sense of completeness and homely relaxation. The scene is set and while the ceremony proceeds, it’s perhaps not apparent what is intended next.
A jittery tapping rhythm breaks the quiet for the fourth track on this selection of five. It pauses in between pulses and as the loops gather momentum, new sounds gradually enter the room which remove the uneasy breaks. Breath, computerised percussion, sampled sounds, and the humanity in the mix all come dressed in costume for Eating Your Enemies. Tense and suspicious sounds revolve and repeat while ever growing in amplitude and intensity. Suddenly it crunches down into just the plain breathing and then quiet.
Kenopsia takes the tone down to relaxation once more. Sublime strings and keys combine with birdsong and voice to brisk the cobwebs away. Lush melody shines like a morning sun and as if glistening on blue tranquil Fijian waters, this Bristol based musician sinks us deep into the soul of tranquillity. Cannibals At Sea is a great EP that takes us from here to there in style, a little spicy and a little strange, the genius is in the amounts. They seem to be just right.
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Watch this video of Kayla Painter Performing a couple of earlier tracks in Bristol
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