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Kite Hawker on the Beach

by 9 on Bali

9 on Bali offers up a heady mix of breezy pop, with hints of Brazilian music, psychedelic, experimental, and progressive rock. They "navigate a loopy, melodic, indie-pop territory with fuzz laden guitars, then veer Bali-ward with an unexpected blast of In
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  Song Share Time Download
1. O'Reilly
4:01 $0.99
2. (radar)
1:41 $0.99
3. My Poor Old Blue Projector
12:25 $0.99
4. Gist
3:55 $0.99
5. Frank of Maryland
1:25 $0.99
6. For Turntable and Orchard
3:53 $0.99
7. Arachnid, Apple & Mulch
3:13 $0.99
8. Triad
4:17 $0.99
9. At His Cordial Best
2:42 $0.99
10. Trampoliner
1:45 $0.99
11. The Ballad of Tony & Angel
6:05 $0.99
12. Everdons
5:58 $0.99
13. Alibis
6:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
9 on Bali is a collaboration between veteran home taper Dan Susnara and Dan Sweigert (founding member of Chicago's math rock ensemble Star Period Star). They draw from many influences from breezy pop, aooustic, world music, experimental soundscapes and progressive rock. "Frank of Maryland" tells the story of a grave robber collecting fresh bodies for medical students, but with a happy 70's pop vibe. "Projector" talks about the odd and somewhat contradictory relationship between an actor/actress and his/her fans. The song "Gist" speaks of a bizarre cult that "converse in tents till the first trucks arrive, they secret themselves 'hind a series of panels and planks and gradually new constellations form". Later in the story: "Somewhere in Spain a calf is born with 3 revolving remarkably human like heads, they rejoice". "Kite Hawker" is a mix of light and dark, lush chords and melodies, interspersed with harsher dissonances and sound experiments. With all the experimentation, good songwriting and melody still remains the focal point of the band.



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Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E - Zine

The instrumental is quite impeccable.
'Kite Hawker on the Beach'' is the debut album from the US trio 9 on Bali. This band offers an interesting sort of sound whose direction covers a variety of tendencies as Progressive Rock, World Music, Pop Music, Folk and Psychedelic. The album consists of thirteen songs where each cut is basically introduced under a different texture; nevertheless this fact doesn't really make it less interesting to my liking, but I wouldn't honestly recommend it to every Progressive Rock fans, mostly those who are generally attached to the sound of the past, giving no attention to the new musical experiments accomplished by bands like "The Gak Omek", "Vladimir Badirov Project", "Gargantua" and so forth. Far from drawing comparisons with the above-mentioned bands, I just want to say that such as these bands 9 on Bali also proposes a different sound, quite original I mean, where the listener's acceptance is just a matter of time whereas its music becomes further attractive after the second try. It did happen to me as well. ''Kite Hawker on the Beach'' features consistent vocals whose singer's voice sounds gorgeously like a troubadour, being quite a distinctive point on the band. I enjoyed the acoustic guitars as well, which afforded definitely a peculiar shine to the album. The sounding atmosphere of the keyboards is great, and also agreeable to the ear. In general, the instrumental is quite impeccable. The album also features some guests like Frank Rutledge playing some electric guitar; Ron Jagielnik playing both, the harmonica and the slide; also Jackie Van Nice contributed to the album on playing some acoustic guitar. Although the album is interesting as a whole, I would like anyway to express here some cuts that captivated most my attention; they are: ''O'Reilly'', ''My Poor Old Blue Projector'', ''Gist'', ''Frank of Maryland'', ''Triad'', ''Everdons'' and ''Alibis''. The line-up of 9 on Bali consists of the following members: Dan Susnara - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards Samples & Percussion, Dan Sweigert - Vocals, Vibes, Kalimba, Guitars, Bass, Percussion, Samples & Keyboards and Dan Van Schindel - Drums. ''Kite Hawker on the Beach'' is recommended!...