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C.D. On Songs: Kuuluuko – "Couldn’t Tell She Was A Killer"

May 26, 2010

Kuuluuko sent us a little extra info with this one that we feel compelled to share. Mainly because we approve. They recorded this next song entirely on an Olympus LS-10 digital recorder. As an interviewer, I am a strong proponent of Olympus voice recorders, so this one hits home for me. Also? They’ll be playing tonight at Church with Hevy Sol and Boys Regular. We assume Sol will bring all their shoes and all their glasses. And all the bands will bring the heavy pentatonically-flavored rock.

Kuuluuko – “Couldn’t Tell She Was A Killer”
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It is sometimes difficult for a band to fully identify their wheelhouse. Even if they do this, they must then strain to not go all Nickelback and make everything sound exactly. Like. Every. Other. Song. Kuuluuko gives us a few different looks with “Couldn’t Tell She Was A Killer.” And to paraphrase O-Ren Ishii, as far as multiple looks go, they could do much worse.

“Couldn’t Tell She Was A Killer” does more than a few successful gear-changes over the course of its just-under-4-minute run. The majority of this song moves along at a quick pace, coming to a rolling boil over a strong heat. Towards the middle of the song, the tracks veer away from this roll into a lower-gear, cut-time feel. The guitar has its own freakout in this section, coming loose from its tight stabs for a few wailing moments that may not count as “solos” per se, yet do rise to the lead.

The song’s constant flux in tempo and feel is its identity. The oddly tinged vocals remain a weird constant, keening and wailing over the varying feels of the song, and ultimately serving to guide us through the refracted world of Kuuluuko.

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