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since 2001

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info opinion

The Kilpatrick Project

"i(four)i" CDR EP


Genres: acoustic rock

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Jun 23 - 29 2003

The Kilpatrick Project is an acoustic rock group fronted by Atlanta native Miles Kilpatrick.  The music on this EP is predictably very focused on the vocals, with acoustic guitar and occasional percussion also present.  The songs are well-written enough, but lack the catchiness that would warrant multiple listens, often relying a bit too much on repetition ("Easier To" is an example.)

Good ideas are often lost due to poor performance and recording skills.  "Emulate," for example, starts off alright but eventually dissolves into a painful lesson in how to ruin a song, with Kilpatrick's vocals drowning out his instrumental accompaniment and causing feedback to appear on the recording - it sounds like a satire of Jason Molina without any comedic intent.  "Longing" is much better, with a nice, sorrowful feeling.  The singing is done more minimally, and only really gets a bit loud near the end.  It's easily the best song on the disc.  "Right Hand (The Spider Song)," meanwhile, just sounds too exasperated, with Kilpatrick taking huffs and puffs after each line - he's going for desperation, but ends up sounding ridiculous.  The bonus track is a very pleasant foray into space rock.

All in all, this EP is a mixed affair.  While there are some good ideas and a pair of decent tunes ("Longing" and the bonus track), The Kilpatrick Project are going to have to make a lot of improvements for their next release.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2001]