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Isidore review from Anemic magazine Print E-mail
Sunday, 12 December 2004
Artist: Isidore
Album: Isidore
Release Date: June 5th, 2004
Label: Karmic Hit


We all know the place in Australian music that The Church has made for themselves over the years. A pure definition of the rock business clich? - drugs sex and rock 'n' roll. Although The Church continues to make music, frontman Steve Kilbey has decided to fiddle around with another project, Isidore. Comprising of himself and Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero), the pair manage to churn out a profusion of moody textures and subtle undertones with their self-titled debut album.

Dark and poetic, but still managing to throw in a hint of buoyancy and smartness are just some of the things Isidore are guilty of. Even some melody makes an appearance through Kilbey's vocals, which is a turn up for the books.

'Musidora' is an upbeat opener that doesn't give too much away on the droned front, which really doesn't indicate what Isidore is about. However, 'Sanskirt' takes us into the dark arena with zoned out vocals from Kilbey almost seeming haunting while the undertones of lazy guitars send chills down your spine. The drugged up sound of 'The Memory Cloud' is drenched with sinuous layers of dark sound, dreariness and despondency that witnesses Isidore beginning to find their way.

This all continues with the acoustic moans through 'Saltwater' while Kilbey's poetic lyrics still spool out at a snails pace. Melody and a touch of spark then enters the room with 'One for Iris Doe' where plenty of resonance and healthy landscape knock on the door and make its presence heard.

Isidore's deep darkness and emotion creates a slow mood that worms around in the pit of your stomach, which leaves you wondering what to do or think. This album has the ability to have a different affect after each listen due to the resonating undercurrents that become more and more accomplished after each spin.

Kilbey's voice is smooth with dark elegance while Cain's insidious soundscapes add a nice mystery to the picture. The two combine to produce a crafted out effort where druggy up melody, dirge and depression form something that's actually worth a listen.
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