Kigo – ‘Close (Enough To Kiss)’

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Kigo gave us his debut album ‘So Lost Now‘ last November, the conclusion to a run of EPs. Five in fact! As you may have guessed, we’ve got another new release to jump into. The Brisbane-based solo artist (Dwayne Pearce) has posted the new song ‘Close (Enough To Kiss)‘, from the EP of the same name (out now). It’s a saturated shoegaze monster, with desperately off kilter drumming, tone bending guitars and claustrophobic vocals. That’s the charm of Kigo, a dissonant wall of noise that sounds like it could fall apart at any moment. Almost like a whole EP’s worth of songs have been blended together.

 
Kigo – ‘Close (Enough To Kiss)’

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Kigo – ‘So Lost Now’

KIGO - 'SO LOST NOW'

Get your ears prepared for an onslaught of destruction! Kigo has unleashed his debut album ‘So Lost Now‘ (download) and it’s not for the faint hearted. It follows his five EPs released this year – yep five! The Brisbane-based solo artist (Dwayne Pearce) combines the dreamiest shoegaze imaginable with a wall of abrasive noise rock. Opener ‘Move On’ is an example of Kigo’s white noise squall, combined with a beat that’s borderline drum and bass.

 
Kigo – ‘Move On’

Its not all so aggressive, album cut ‘Cold (Now Closer)’ is a hushed affair preceded by ‘Can’t See You’ which builds on multi-layered guitars and vocal harmonies to produce one of the LP’s more beautiful moments. An impressive sound for a home studio recording.

Kigo – ‘Can’t See You’

Obviously influenced by My Bloody Valentine, there’s little attempt to squash the similarities. But with the use of such bold sounds and vivid song writing I don’t think those references take away from the album’s impact. Your ears are going to bleed! Its abrasively adventurous and has the potential to piss off your parents, your partner and your flatmate. Which is what makes ‘So Lost Now’ exciting, definitely check it out if you’re a fan of the genre.

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Kigo Discusses ‘Chance’ EP

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The familiar guitar squall of Kigo fades into existence on ‘Dress’ to kick off his new EP ‘Chance’ – released today (download here). The Brisbane-based solo artist builds on his previous EP ‘Some Other Place’, this time with more subtle melodies and less full frontal, shoegaze noise! Audiocred described previous EP cut ‘I Won’t (I Can’t)’, as “the closest thing I’ve heard to the grandioseness of Loveless…an understated triumph”.

 
Kigo – ‘Dress’

‘Chance’ marks Kigo’s fifth EP this year and since many SBWR readers are music makers themselves, I thought I’d ask Kigo what his secret to swift songwriting is? And where does that giant guitar sound come from?

“My song writing process is really simple; when I wake up, I pick up my guitar and play. I record the first thing that comes out. I guess I write songs in this way because it feels like I am tapping into a feeling that is more honest or real, unencumbered by anything that I have seen or felt during the time I am awake.

I usually start with the guitar and drums, then add the synth and bass parts. I add vocals after I have mixed everything. I like to put the songs together in this way, as it gives me more time to think about how the vocals will fit in with the overall mood of the song. I spend a lot of time thinking about the mood, and feeling of the songs I write, as to me that’s more important than lyrics or vocals.

Kigo – ‘When You Look’

As for the guitar sound, I use a lot of delay to make the guitar sound bigger, and lots of distortion and reverse reverb. I don’t really use alternate tunings or anything like that at all, but I do like to use heaps of pitch bending on the master track as it gives the song a weird, sort of warble to it.

As for how I write songs so quickly, I guess I just try to write songs as an escape. I’m not really running from anything in my life; my life is happy, and full of great people, but sometimes it is great to sort of disappear, and hide away within your own thought space. I think I write as a way to share these thoughts, dreams, and feelings with people. Hopefully this feeling comes across when listening to my songs.”

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Kigo – ‘Some Other Place’

KIGO - 'SOME OTHER PLACE'

Kigo‘s ‘Some Other Place‘ marks EP number three (since making his debut in February). The Brisbane-based solo artist is definitely the hardest working musician featured on SBWR this year! Earlier this month we heard the abrasively noisy two track release ‘Without/Beneath‘ but this time round Kigo’s shoegaze sounds get a little dreamier and reflective. I asked him how ‘Some Other Place’ came about…

“I am really happy with how this EP turned out. Recently, I went to Melbourne for a holiday, and when I was there I saw a childhood friend I hadn’t seen since I moved to Queensland in the late 90’s. We both recognised each other, but I couldn’t bring myself to speak to him, and we just exchanged glances and moved on; a pretty innocuous event, but it stuck with me anyway. For days afterwards I couldn’t stop thinking about what had happened. The songs aren’t really about any one feeling, or this one event, but more so about the times you feel like there isn’t much keeping you here in the present, and it’s easier to just fade away into memories; painful or not. Thematically, I feel that these songs are tied together more closely than the other EP’s, and is probably my favourite EP I have written so far.”

 
Kigo – ‘Some Other Place’

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Kigo – ‘Beneath’

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Brisbane solo artist Kigo returns with a noisy two track release – ‘Without’ and ‘Beneath’. The single is available now and follows the ‘Closer (Hear My Voice)‘ EP from last month.

 
Kigo – ‘Beneath’

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Kigo – ‘All For You’

KIGO - 'ALL FOR YOU'

Kigo returns with a new six track EP ‘Closer (Hear My Voice)‘ featuring the opener ‘All For You’ (available now). The Brisbane-based solo artist released his shoegazer debut ‘Guilt‘ only a few months ago – solid work ethic! In case you missed the introduction – see here. Needless to say, another impressive release.

 
Kigo – ‘All For You’

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