Kite Party - Baseball Season (Cover Artwork)

Kite Party

Kite Party: Baseball SeasonBaseball Season (2011)

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I've often wondered why there was such a great anger toward how the mainstream consciousness-conceived emo in the '00s. Genres have always transformed over time and what was dubbed rock music the '50s didn't really resemble what would be called rock music in the early '70s and there wasn't much of.
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I've often wondered why there was such a great anger toward how the mainstream consciousness-conceived emo in the '00s. Genres have always transformed over time and what was dubbed rock music the '50s didn't really resemble what would be called rock music in the early '70s and there wasn't much of concentrated resistance to it (until punk came around at least). I think the problem with emo lied in the fact that it was born out of hardcore punk, retained those elements but brought in pop elements such as singing and introspective lyrics but relied primarily on structures that did not conform to strict verse chorus patterns. The music that became known as emo to the mainstream lacked almost all of the elements that made emo "emo," aside from singing. The lyrics weren't even introspective; they became about romantic pursuits. It became simply pop music, and people who had grown to love the genre some called emo resented that fact. Kite Party is a band some would call emo but for all the reasons the genre was coined and Baseball Season serves as a lasting testament to its appeal.

The idea of a "baseball" season is inseparable from that of summer and all the hope and joy that comes along with it. Think Don Henley's "Boys of Summer", or if you'd prefer not to think of it don't. Either way, this is the space that Baseball Season the album inhabits. The playful guitars intertwining rise up, producing an elated feeling within the listener, but for every rise there is a fall and for every start there is a stop. When frontman Russ Edling croons "You said a line that really stuck out / How time is eternal, that you can't crawl out / I don't want be lost, I just want be faithful / I don't want to be lost, I just want to be faithful/" on "Runner," you can't help but feel him playing with the idea that these feelings of this time and this baseball season are fleeting, as hopeful as things are like all things they will pass. Maybe Baseball Season is something that cannot be grasped or contained. "Spirit Gum" plays with this idea of time as a thief more explicitly but is no less affecting: "I'll be your little boy / I'll be your little toy / I'll wait for the setting sun / I'll pray for a loaded gun/".

No matter what you call it: emo, indie rock, baby makin' music, Kite Party have created an original, completely enjoyable record that stays true to the album format in Baseball Season. It is jangly and fun, it is thoughtful and foreboding, it builds tension and delivers on it every single time. That it is well thought-out and executes it's ideas perfectly also makes for one of the most satisfying releases of the year.


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renaldo69 (1 week ago)

"Hightower" is mammoth. Wow

champion_sound (October 7, 2012)

it's a good one

rodeochzbrgr (March 4, 2012)

Flawless record.

kiteparty (November 1, 2011)
tsiege (October 31, 2011)

Also a really good review.

tsiege (October 31, 2011)

So good.

superskabro (October 30, 2011)

I got really excited because I thought "Kite Party" said "Katy Perry". oh well.

nocigar (October 29, 2011)


TheWalkingTargets (October 29, 2011)

such a great album.

Blackjaw_ (October 28, 2011)


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eatdogs (October 28, 2011)

you know, the whole "emo" thing rings pretty personal to me. i was born in 1984, but missed out on that periods stuff. i was a child of the 90's and i say that was the time when i grew into music by myself and started my facination with artists. the emo aesthetic is very interesting for me because there happened to be this middleclass/suburban manifestation that erupted all around without me knowing. once i read into it and studied it, i found this type of music that just connected like a puzzle piece. thus, this is why i have great affection towards the bands that try their best to honor that style of music from back then and not the bad "image" based style we see so much today. (is today's scene dying off??? i mean, sonny moore is now a dubstep artist named skrillex...)

one more thing to mention here, and that's how my reaction was when first hearing the melodies and twinkles and vocal performances of those old emo bands, obscure ones included. it somehow made an impression and i felt like i did when i was a child and teenager. it brought me back to my poor, lower middleclass life and i understood what happened back then and how the other kids in the same places must have felt. it was an appreciation of punk, but made by the people who only wanted to make music for the sake of it. probably one of the best, organically made styles of music i can think of besides folk and blues.

this is a good review and that first paragraph was nice. i just had to add my own thoughts to it. i love this site...

nickvicious (October 28, 2011)

I bought this album because I thought it was Katy Perry. Boy, was I in for a disappointment. 1/5.

stagedivecity (October 28, 2011)

I saw these guys last night and they were pretty good. They bounced before I could get a record though

sundowning10 (October 28, 2011)

Such a great album

kidgotham (October 28, 2011)

I love the review, the reviewer and the record itself.

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