Kodakid’s Debut Album – Review
Hailing from the southeast of Ireland, Kodakid are the latest ones to watch on the Irish music scene. Having formed in late 2010, the four lads class themselves as a spontaneous combination of indie-rock/blues/soul band. In the last four years, they’ve accumulated a plethora of accolades for their work, including MRU Single of the Year 2012 for their fourth single, Portis, as well as being noted as one of the stand out performances at Indiependence.
Their self-titled debut album gives an interesting insight into the band’s musical catalogue, the Waterford foursome have clearly put their time on the road and supporting some interesting bands, including the Noisettes, and The Minutes, into their song writing. The praise for songs such as “Shake Skin” has already been pretty immense and it’s easy to see why, there’s a sort of ecstatic fervour to the track that is palpable from the onset. The band’s ease and experience just sizzles a little more with each listen. It’s a track that belongs on a show like “Orange is the New Black”, it has a steady quality to it, and the gentle hum of the drums reminds one of the quintessential charms of blues/jazz music. “Outta Sight” has the essence of the Black Keys to it, again the blues element is omnipresent but the stutter of the guitar along with appealing vocals of Kev Power make this a much more enticing track, it’s hard to place it into one genre of music which prevents this debut album from sounding repetitive.
In saying that, the boys have clearly worked on making an album that reflects their interesting amalgamation of jazz/blues/rock genres into one, it’s a consistently good album, and each track is impressively relevant and seems to weave a musical story of boys’ musical rise. “Stories & Lies” and “Low 7” are both prime examples of this consistency, they have this classic gritty nature of rock music but Kodakid finds the perfect way to teeter the line between rock and blues in each track, the drum brings it back from the verge of being wholly rock tracks. The rasping quality of the vocals mimic those of Nathan Followill or Jace Everett, there’s sort of an eerie quality to both tracks that just makes this album an enticing listen.
“Portis” has this sort of enigmatic quality to it, there’s a brooding component to it yet it’s supported by a markedly percussive sound, the track in itself is a clear reflection of an impressively aggressive attempt to make their sound as unique as possible. “Dirty like Rock n Roll” felt like a little break in the consistency of the album, in an attempt to possibly shake things up they seemed to have added in this little random track. Not that it’s bad, it just seems to stand out a little more, there’s a different air to it that I can’t place my finger on.
The group clearly used their debut album to push themselves to the fore of the Irish music scene, their less concerned with the subtle and more focused on using their percussion and haunting vocals to make an immense impact. It works effectively for a debut album, creating a story of the band’s rise and rise so far, it’ll be interesting to see how they translate this sound into live performances. If they’re live performances are as tantalising and lavish as their debut album, they’ll definitely be ones to watch.
Review by Elaine McDonald