Cory Foley-Marsello (vocals/guitar/banjo), Andrew Toy (drums/percussion), Matt Krist (bass), Kimberly Nelson (vocals) and Jay Hardin (keyboards/vocals) are Kitchen Noise. Foley-Marsello is also an engineer which is a huge bonus for any band and is evident immediately on their album entitled The Host.
The music on The Host is hard to pinpoint which is a good thing but have cohesive elements in the music. There is a mix of folk, rock and more. More importantly is the dense layers of instrumentation throughout the songs which really defines a lot of the album. There are two bands which I thought when combined could give you a good idea of what they sound like - Sufjan Stevens and The Boy Least Likely To. Even more accurate is to listen to a song like “Chicago” off Illinois and “be gentle with me” off the album the best party ever.
This album is intense and a lot to take in. It never felt arduous but this isn't an album that's meant to be consumed quickly. On that note I was immediately drawn to the music starting with “The Host.” The song is one of the most emotionally resonant on the album. I especially enjoyed the line “nothing stays and nothing holds” which builds to an exciting crescendo.
The band has more success with “Before the Goldrush” which can induce knee slapping country dancing while “Huntingtown” strays from conventional 4/4 time and builds towards an epic and grand end.
I loved what was happening production wise (especially with the tremolo type effect) on “Golden Blues.” The band slows things down with the more melancholy and pensive “Skin and Bones.” Don’t miss the closer “Mountain Home.”
This is the type of album that you just need to listen to. I could write for pages about myriad textures and tones throughout. Suffice it to say that I highly recommend you spend some time with The Host. You won't be disappointed.
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