Kiln – Dusker (2007)


I learned in the 1st grade not to judge a book by its cover. But it’s a good thing they never mentioned albums, because this one hits the nail right on the head. Kiln, a duo from Michigan (which seems to be a hotspot for off the beaten path ambient music), certainly lay down some of the most interesting tracks from any state. Their pastiche of textured beats and shifting, uneasy sound makes for probably the most sonically stimulating release within the context of downtempo. Kiln isn’t so much chillout as chillout-there, their meditations rising and falling and never quite coming to a climax. On the surface it’s uneasy and pulls you in, once you get used to it you find the calming beauty in their craft. The fuzzy synth of The Colorfreak being a prime example; listening to it you get the feeling that it should explode, clear up, warm and burst into a triumphant hook. Yet it doesn’t, which only succeeds in strengthening the music. It’s a technique a lot of electronic and drone artists try and fail at. Here Kiln shows it in a good light, while not perfect. For how long they’ve been around, I feel like they’re on the verge of doing something amazing. For now, enjoy this pleasant piece of warped, textured, warm, dusty sound (kind of like that cover).


-Brian S


One Response to “Kiln – Dusker (2007)”

  1. Dave Says:

    There is a lot of great music by Kiln to get into.

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