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Pree Tone — Kiddy
(Addicted Label BNiL , 2018, CD / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-04-15
Continuing my exploration of relatively unknown Ukrainian and Russian bands, I have now reached the excellent band from Kyiv, Pree Tone. Forming in 2014, they have six releases under their belt, five of them EPs, and their latest, Kiddy, is a full length album released in August 2018. The six songs on Kiddy are an amalgam of 80s New Wave, Krautrock, and psychedelia. Hypnotic riffs abound, calling to mind the masters of the genre, both new and old, Neu!, Harmonia, Camera, and Vibravoid. My only complaint is that the vocals tend to be too subdued, with the music overpowering them. Walking through the album we start with “Treasures Fall,” an excellent motorik jam. Next is the hard rock / metal / stoner rock / Krautrock jam “Maze of 60 Ticks” that is quite melodic. The band then showcases “Safe and Sound,” another hypnotic jam with strumming guitars. “Token” takes us into Vibravoid territory with some excellent melodic Krautrock riffing. Next is the raucous and loud “Diadam” that quite reminded me of Neu! and their proto punk classic “Hero.” The album closer is “Bricks” with its incessant drumming and wonderfully rapid Krautrock riffs. Kiddy may very well be one of the best releases I have heard in the past couple of months.
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