After the tour de force that "How the mighty have fallen" was, The Kiss That Took A Trip loosens a lot of tension on the listener and makes a triumphant album that recaptures much of the essential sense of melody found in earlier works, while still keeping the epic scope and adventurous nature of the previous album, coming out of the other side of the tunnel with a "best of both worlds" effort, but with its own internal logic.
The record is built in a subtle triptych structure and features the boldest use of vocals found on a work by The Kiss, even to the point of putting them in the forefront or having them from beginning to end, like in standard pop songs. The lyrical themes are as abstract as always, but they gravitate towards much more personal issues of isolation, and the need for likeminded people and finding your own space. To summarize, the vindication of comfort zones.
The sound is even more diverse than in preceding albums, with meticulously well-rounded songs like the first single "Vanilla killer", the new wave reminiscences of "Greatest loves are secret", the fuzzy post-rock in "Tidy up you pig", the newfound acoustic simplicity that "Amplification of the senses" releases, the spooky collages that fight against each other in "Jackie o lantern" and the closing title "Happy birthday party monster", a number heavy on drones that resembles a film soundtrack.
That doesn't mean the album is devoid of the things you'd want to expect from The Kiss That Took A Trip. "Electroforest" contains its fair share of epics ("Snowstorm", "The thriving landlords" and the swirling "Flower of gas and smoke"), instrumental complexity ("Jammed drainpipe blues") and skyrocketing minimalism ("Champions of delay").
4 NOV 2014
Catalog number: CPR014.
CD album, 3 panel digipack.
Print run: 500 copies.
RUNNING TIME: 71:59