2012 Favorites: #4 Kowloon Walled City – Container Ships

4. Kowloon Walled City – Container Ships

As I said in my first impression post a few weeks ago, this album is about the dynamics, both of the band and the recording. Scott Evans recorded two of my favorite albums this year (Tigon is the other), and he deserves all the praise I can throw at him. KWC could easily turn into a sonic mess, all bass and drums and howls, but Scott balances the mix so well, and the recording has such a sense of physical space, that it means that the lead guitar stays crisp and angular while the bass lays huge swaths of sludge behind it, and Scott’s own guitar gets to fill the space between without washing out any of the shared registers. And when the band stops the air still hums, the ozone and electricity nearly audible, the tension just before they restart a quick thip as fingers return to strings (this is imaginary; I have yet to be able to hear an audible repositioning in the gaps, though occasionally (and purposefully) you can hear a quick slide as Jon moves for the next note or chord of his trebly leads. It only adds to the sense of physical reality of the recording). That they have the songs to match the dynamics is incredible, and Kowloon Walled City have released one of the feel-good bummer records of this or any other year. But don’t take my word for it; go to their bandcamp page and get yourself a copy. You can pay what you like, but you can get a CD for $10. Well worth it.

Now if I can only get them to come to Dallas and bring Tigon with them…

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