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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Review: The Kokoon - We Didn't Go

The Kokoon - We Didn't Go
2009, New Average Records

Berlin natives Danyx Simone and Dirk Henry form the on-the-edge modern rock duo The Kokoon. Together since 2000, The Kokoon has three releases to their credit. Their latest, We Didn't Go, is a five-track EP that gives an accurate feel for their musical style and flavor. Simone, a former ballet dancer, and Henry write highly personal story-songs with character development and plot lines, with Simone throwing himself into the vocal performances like he's telling his own stories.

The EP opens with the title track, sounding a bit like late David Bowie in an urgent statement set to music. Life Seems So Delicate has a New Order feel to it, easily translating from Rock to Dance in its current arrangement. Charms opens with a galloping drum rhythm juxtaposed on a form-resistant musical arrangement that only comes into compliance with much coaxing. Even once rhythm and song come together it’s an uncomfortable truce. This song just never feels like it quite gets together. Mania, on the other hand, is the most highly structured song on the disc. This moderate pop number would make for a low-charting single with moderate to heavy radio play in the right markets. Ready To Go breaks down completely into aural components before coalescing into an ethereal and spacey mellow-rock vibe.

The Kokoon is an interesting listen. I can't say that We Didn't Go will be a regular listen, but I heard enough here to make me want to check out their other recordings. This is one of those bands that intrigue you with the quality of what they do even if you can't say you love it. They may be victims of their own perfectionism, as it’s apparent that these songs have been worried over until they were perfect copies of what the artists heard in their heads. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but can sometimes rob a song of the spontaneous sparks of personality that even songs are prone to. We Didn't Go is a good and interesting effort that will make you hunger for more.

Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about The Kokoon at or You can download a copy of We Didn’t Go from Amazon MP3.

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