Maudlin Of The Well
fronted by vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Toby Driver
My Fruit PsychoBells A Seed Combustible (Dark Symphonies, 1999) featured a trumpet, and both growling and clean vocals.
They became an eight-piece ensemble for two complementary albums that mixed
highbrow chamber music (trumpet, violin, French horn, pipe organ, saxophone)
with bursts of death-metal:
the dense, dark and expressionistic Leaving Your Body Map (2001)
the humble, ethereal and spiritual Bath (2001).
Abandoning the "metal" part of the equation, Toby Driver renamed his project
as Kayo Dot, a seven-piece ensemble (three guitars, violin, trumpet, drums and bass)
that debuted with
Choirs of the Eye (Tzadik, 2003), perhaps the most accomplished fusion yet of death-metal, post-rock, jazz and classical music by any band, notably
the 15-minute The Manifold Curiosity
(Sam Gutterman on drums, Mia Matsumiya on violin and viola).
Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue (Robotic Empire, 2006),
featuring new drummer Tom Malone, was more obscure and abstract than its
predecessor, with a stronger emphasis on vocal theatrics (the nightmare
Gemini Becoming the Tripod).
The 18-minute On Limpid Form represents a new formal zenith.
Blue Lambency Downward (Hydra Head, 2008) was an inferior work that
sounded like leftovers from previous albums.
capitalized on his experience with large-scale arrangements with those bands
for his first solo album,
In the L..L..Library Loft (Tzadik, 2006), that featured
guitar, trumpet, trombone, piano, violin, cello, bass, drums.
Kayo Dot's offshoot
Ehnahre indulged in the dissonant free jams with strings and horns of
Taming The Cannibals (Crucial Blast, 2010).
Kayo Dot's Toby Driver also plays bass in
vocalist Josh Strawn (also in Religious to Damn and Blacklist),
guitarist Kevin Hufnagel
and drummer Charlie Schmid.
Their albums Selenelion (Wierd, 2012) and
The Missing (2013) spanned a vast range of styles.
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