I just spent a few hundred words discussing the ways in which Ghost B.C. are mislabeled “metal,” but you could say the same thing about Kylesa at this point, too. Not that the Kylesa sound anything like Ghost B.C., but right now, they sound more like ’90s shoegazers Curve, Swervedriver, or Medicine than they do, say, Eyehategod. That’s not an unwelcome or unexpected evolution — Kylesa’s great 2010 release Spiral Shadow had a distinctly Alternative Nation feel to it, and based on the three tracks we’ve heard from its follow-up, Ultraviolet — “Quicksand,” “Unspoken,” and now “Vulture’s Landing” — they’ve moved further in that direction, bringing more esoteric influences to the fore of their writing. Once again, Laura Pleasants is handling vocal duties, and I love the way her increasingly ethereal coo is juxtaposed against the churning instrumental grind. Listen.
Ultraviolet is out 5/28 via Season Of Mist.