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Come Here When You Sleep Walk

Clue to Kalo Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Leaf
  • ASIN: B00008A7IG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The First Song Of The Rest Of Your Life
2. Empty Save The Oxygen
3. This Is Over By Inches
4. Within Reach Of My Own Arms
5. We'll Live Free (In NYC)
6. This Dies Over Distance
7. Still We Felt Bulletproof
8. I Think We Can Kinetic
9. Your Heart Is Your Compass
10. Do You Know That Love Can End?

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BBC Review

Clue to Kalo is 23 year old Australian singer/songwriter/laptop composer Mark Mitchell. This debut is at heart an indie pop album; all the signifiers are there, soft male vocals singing introverted heartfelt, angst-ridden lyrics (reminiscent of the likes of Coldplay) to fragile accompaniment.

The music is a little different though, much like that on the Morr label or Dntel's Life is Full of Possibilities; composed primarily on a laptop but pulling in traditional instruments like the acoustic guitar.

Personally I'm a little weary of this kind of soft, gentle electronica. Melancholic prettiness is such an overused gesture that it can seem like a cop out, going through the rather cliched(e)motions like a replacement for lack of deeper conviction. It doesn't help also that at times Mitchell's lyrical palette is so forlorn and sentimental it's hard to engage with (beyond hoping he'll cheer up and get over it by the next song).

That's not to say that there aren't some great moments here. "Dies over Distance" strips away the digital machinations to a delicate lullaby from bass, keyboards, vocals and drums. Restricted to these carefully crafted, gently creaking parts, Mitchell conjures up an intimate and heartfelt song.

Problems occur when the overuse of sonic tricks and editing that the laptop approach allows gives way to indulgence. Too often these aesthetic elements evoke nothing more than themselves. It's as if Mitchell is trying too hard to stamp the idea that this album was made with a computer rather than a traditional pop set up.

Interestingly, the opposite occurs when Mitchell drenches the listener in electronics. "Still we felt Bulletproof" starts simply with keyboard and voice, though the melody soon disappears under whispers and blips as the track deftly warps out of recognition. After weaving through minutely changing time signatures and synthetic textures, it settles into a happy melody that's barely recognisable from the opening one. It's as if the song has resolved itself...

It's a hard thing to incorporate traditional songwriting into the resolutely abstracted instrumental approach of electronica; adding lyrics to such music inevitably detracts from its mystique and power, filling in the spaces previously filled by the listeners imagination. Hopefully next time Mitchell will turn the corner and overcome these obstacles completely.. --Marcus Scott

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"A kaleidoscopic cyber-whirlpool of genuine depth and imagination...Majestic." -- Logo, March 2003

"Australian Mark Mitchell's debut album is a collection of poignant songs wrapped in lush, disjointed electronics." -- Music Week, February 2003

"Evoking beautiful melodies that embrace complex rhythms and off-kilter sounds…it’s an album which rewards with repeated listening….Excellent." -- DMC Update, April 2003

"Gently happy, sneakily engaging, and not unlike the gentler moments of Sebadoh with a sampler." -- DJ Magazine, March 2003

"This is a really good record...There's a heart-stirring tenderness built into this whole album." -- Undercover, April 2003

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A most satisfying new world 21 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes it is unfair to compare a band or an album with others, particularly when the album generates such genuine enthusiasm for a piece and anticipation for each next move as Clue to Kalo's Come Here when you Sleepwalk. Fairness aside, a mix of Björk's Homogenic, Hefner (the producer, rather than the guitar band) and Le Tone with a hint of Badly Drawn Boy should give you some indication of where we stand with this album. The first three tracks suck you right in to a wonderful world of broad sounds and fascinating ideas. The wide, treble-oriented production, full of bleeps, rhythmic hisses and drums creates a landscape where the simple melodies and sung verse fit in comfortably and effortlessly. Yet there is tension, too. This stems from the occasional feeling that what the tune needs right now is a Fat Boy Slim-style kicking funk beat to really take you to that level of musical satedness you crave - and you will be disappointed. Mark Mitchell, writer and producer behind Clue to Kolo steers conscientiously away from such temptations, perhaps in the knowledge that satisfying them will leave you with that slightly guilty feeling which you have after an excessively large meal. The album has its weak points, naturally. "We'll live free" is a rather unstructured blur of nice sounds, which don't bring anything new of interest after the magnificent opening. "Still we felt bulletproof" needs patience to get through the fragile vocals - the sounds following are suck you back to active listening until they, too, descend into a somewhat unstructured wallow, itself followed by an ecstatic broadening back to a fade-out with the vocals - all in the one song. Remember the Hefner reference? Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, lovely record. 25 Feb 2003
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Format:Audio CD
God only knows where this will get airplay - but it deserves to. Probably Peel or Xfm's John Kennedy will pick it up. They should anyway.
This is a lush record that sounds like a hybrid between My Bloody Valentine's Loveless and Radiohead's Kid A/Amnesiac stuff. Every song is a well-constructed soundscape. Whilst most 'ambient' albums sound two-dimensional to me, Clue To Kalo/Mark Mitchell does a great job of making songs first. It sounds to me like the melody is an important part of the mix here.
Particular faves include "this is over by inches", "we'll live free (in nyc)" and the 11-minute epic "still we felt bulletproof".
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cool music 11 Mar 2003
By "gingerblah" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this is cool melodic folk/electronic music....beautiful melodies, hip-hop style beats....Some songs intrumental while others have soft beautiful vocals. Cd should appeal to fans of Badly Drawn Boy, Sea and Cake, Tortoise and maybe even Boards of Canada.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ephemeral textural snacks 15 Mar 2010
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CTK is a lot of mildly pleasing, but hardly spectacularly impressive, alternative electro-pop soundscapes.
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