SPV/Inside Out Music (2004)
Kallocain starts with a scratchy cello melody that sounds for all the world
as if it was recorded in some Deliverance-esque woods and then first track,
'Gasoline' opens out into an intriguing slice of melancholia worthy of
Parts of Kallocain bring to mind Unfinished Sympathy-era Massive Attack,
Portishead, Bjork’s saner moments, Antimatter and quite oddly the twangy
solo in 'Stream' reminds me of The Shadows but maybe that’s just me.
The instrumentation is sparse throughout and drifts along but is always engaging
and is never at risk of becoming just background music. The star of the show
though is vocalist Petronella Nettermalm whose voice is as bewitching as
they come, a mix of Portishead’s Beth Gibbons and Bjork’s singing voice (as
opposed when she makes odd shrieks) with enough of her own personality mixed
in to give the vocals her own identity.
In Kallocain, Paatos have composed the perfect 3AM album, music to while
away the small hours to in those moments that you have everything and
nothing on your mind and it feels as though you’re the only person awake in
the world. This is one of those albums that although melancholy never loses
hope and in a strange way is actually uplifting.
Review by Neil Woodfin
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly