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Red Kite: Red Kite (RareNoise)

A review of the debut album from the Norwegian quartet

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Red Kite
The cover of Red Kite by Red Kite

Norway’s outside-the-box music scene remains a breeding ground for eclectic sounds that don’t fit into any particular niche. Latest example: the self-titled debut by Red Kite, which takes shredding to the next level. A Norwegian supergroup of sorts, with members culled from progressive rock-leaning outliers Elephant9, Shining, Bushman’s Revenge, and Grand General, this quartet wears its influences on its sleeve, combining Coltrane-esque spiritual jazz, Ornette-ian harmolodics, and the punk-jazz squawking of the Stooges circa Fun House.

On the program’s five cacophonous and entrancing tracks, guitarist Even Helte Hermansen, bassist Trond Frønes, keyboardist Bernt André Moen, and drummer Torstein Lofthus craft an otherworld of heavy riffs and free-improv jams awash in gnarly noise—and certain to satiate the appetites of not just out-jazz heads but also psych-rock and stoner-metal buffs.

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