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Kite Party: Wish MountainWish Mountain (2009)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


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Kite Party don't exactly allow for the most direct of pigeonholing. Their four-song, 16-minute-ish EP, Wish Mountain evokes certain, curious similarities of punk lore, but in such a roundabout and unique way that it's not easy to describe. For the opening title track, the vocals stir up thoughts .
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Kite Party don't exactly allow for the most direct of pigeonholing. Their four-song, 16-minute-ish EP, Wish Mountain evokes certain, curious similarities of punk lore, but in such a roundabout and unique way that it's not easy to describe.

For the opening title track, the vocals stir up thoughts of a young and fractured Blake Schwarzenbach (somewhere in the neighborhood of Unfun) and the music sorta resembles the knottier, dirge-y Fugazi moments, with a bizarre procession and tense vibe about the whole thing that makes them stand out on their own. The band is less pressing and noticeably more upbeat on "Oh Geez," more easily dodging common associations. "Indiana Pete" kinda sounds like the Weakerthans for a dozen seconds before a slight post-punk shuffle tweaks the feel and more sparkly atmospherics invade the tune. Closer "Firefighter" lays on intricate Minus the Bear-esque production whispers and wanders ably for about five minutes.

It's rather hard to place Wish Mountain anywhere, but it's a solid release in its own right. There's no real 'wow' moment here or anything to truly compel throughout its course, but this is a promising foundation for whatever Kite Party can float next.

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crackpotdemagogue (August 26, 2009)

took me quite a while to 'get' this, but got there in the end. the vocals are unusual, but once you get over that, then you can appreciate that there is some quite good song-smithery going on here.

OverDefined (August 26, 2009)

I too thought it said Katie Perry.

sundowning10 (August 25, 2009)

wow, these guys are from my town in PA. its awesome to see them get coverage on the org.

borntaloze (August 25, 2009)

nevermind, i thought it said katy perry.

Blackjaw_ (August 25, 2009)

Been meaning to get something by this band... they're friends with Tigers Jaw, right?

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