Blue Lambency Downward

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Blue Lambency Downward
Studio album by Kayo Dot
Released May 6, 2008
Genre Avant-garde rock, experimental music, free jazz
Length 43:22
Label Hydra Head Records
Kayo Dot chronology
Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue
(2006)Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue2006
Blue Lambency Downward
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating (82%) link
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Drowned in Sound 7/10 stars link
Lambgoat (6/10) link
Pitchfork Media (3.3/10) link
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Blue Lambency Downward is the third album by Kayo Dot, released on Hydra Head Records in May 2008. After much of the group left to pursue outside projects, the only members who remained were frontman Toby Driver and violinist and long-time collaborator Mia Matsumiya. The two began recording the album in early 2007 using a revolving door of contributing musicians. The album is heavily influenced by chamber and orchestral music and jazz, and features an abundance of woodwinds. It is widely considered to be Kayo Dot's least heavy album to date. The album received mixed reviews: Pitchfork Media criticized it for a lack of memorability, giving it a 3.3 out of 10, while Allmusic and Sputnikmusic were more favorable, both giving the album a 4 out of 5 and praising its diversity. Drowned in Sound gave the album a 7 out of 10.

The ensuing tour featured a mostly new group of musicians: Patrick Wolff on woodwinds, Daniel Means on woodwinds and guitar, David Bodie on drums, and Terran Olson on woodwinds and keyboards. Much of the lineup would stay the same for the recording of Coyote.

Track listing[edit]

All songs and lyrics written by Toby Driver.

No. Title Length
1. "Blue Lambency Downward" 10:00
2. "Clelia Walking" 5:29
3. "Right Hand Is the One I Want" 6:54
4. "The Sow Submits" 4:02
5. "The Awkward Wind Wheel" 3:30
6. "The Useless Ladder" 2:40
7. "Symmetrical Arizona" 10:50
Total length: 43:22