Kayo Dot is one of those bands that truly defies genres. The music is all over the place but of forced to categorize it, I’d call it experimental free-rock. It’s just hard to really describe. I started getting into them simply because they are on the Hydra Head roster. On a whim, I picked up their third album, Blue Lambency Downward, and hated it. Yup. I could not get into it at all. It didn’t make sense. There was no typical structure to the music and songs. I didn’t get it enough that I blasted it a bit on a review I did for Mammoth Press. But after some time passed, I went back and listened to the album again and was hooked. I was able to understand what it meant. And it was good.
In 2009 Kayo Dot released Coyote. The album initially started as a collaborative effort between KD main musician, Toby Driver, and NYC-based writer, filmmaker, and video artist Yuko Sueta. Unfortunately the collaboration came to a halt due to Sueta passing away from breast cancer. Driver decided to finish the project as Kayo Dot album and dedicated it to Sueta.
The album was released by Hydra Head but the vinyl was handled by Taiga Records. I have known of Taiga and dealt with label owner, Andrew, on a few occasions. The first time was when the label released a deluxe vinyl version of Lotus Eaters – Mind Control for Infants. Let’s just say that the way the releases are packaged and done, they are well worth the money. And then some.