In 2013, Kadooge, an Aurora, Illinois based rock band, met by chance. This led to the formation of a band fully committed to challenging the audiences' emotions or ears. Their EP Nothing Is Almost Everything bursts with guitar solos and passionate vocals. It's fused with blues, grunge, and pop elements. The album fearlessly tackles important societal issues such as conformity and passivity.
Nothing Is Almost Everything uses instruments and sounds as its main tools of communication. The sounds tell the tales, and the lyrics give the basic background details. Kadooge's stellar instrumental skills are the stars. An abundance of the songs on Nothing Is Almost Everything offer intricate sound choices and delicate lyrics. However, "Middle Man," "Last New Low," and "My Shell" represent Kadooge at their best.
"Middle Man" voyages through musical realms. It weaves instruments and soundscapes with layers upon layers. It drops some, adds others, and repeats until it reaches a fast fiery conclusion. These musical techniques help communicate the song's message about not living a middle, or unsatisfactory, life. "Last New Low" gives a more upbeat sound and message than many tracks on Nothing Is Almost Everything. It's the most catchy song on the album.
"My Shell" does the best job of having provocative lyrics and pulsating sounds. The song's sound and lyrics compliment each other: you understand their connection. The song starts off with a pulsating heat beat that gets more intense until to band busts into the mix. From there on out the band rocks out pretty hard as you are treated with some of the best guitar action on the album.
Nothing Is Almost Everything is not an easy listening experience. Kadooge didn't create an album to use as background noise, but one that demands attention. And deserves it. Nothing Is Almost Everything represents what music should be: meaningful and striking.
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