Does Spring Hide Its Joy

Kali Malone - Does Spring Hide Its Joy
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2023 Ratings: #29 / 51
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2023 Ratings: #24
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Irish Times
The haunting organ-based title track of The Sacrificial Code is probably a more palatable place to start, but Malone’s latest long-form sonic excursion will enthral adventurous listeners.
80
Uncut
As the music spreads, and the sound engrosses and uplifts you, the tacit message feels humble and lightly worn: one of consideration, empathy and collective strength.
80
Exclaim!

Despite complex construction that in the wrong hands can drain music of potency and impact, Malone, Railton and O'Malley sculpt otherworldly soundscapes and craft microtonal realms worth return expeditions, where timbres and harmonics flicker, ripple, scrape and hum — always converging and diverging, Does Spring Hide Its Joy is a beacon of possibility.

80
Mojo

A hypnotically shifting, blurring series of almost tangible sonic panoramas that simultaneously disorientate and beguile.

80
Pitchfork
Presented as a sprawling three-hour epic, the composer’s drone piece for guitar, cello, and sine wave oscillators seeks new rhythms within the interminable sweep of pandemic time.
60
The Skinny
Enlisting Stephen O’Malley and Lucy Railton, Kali Malone unveils a sprawling work that just about rewards what it demands.
50
Loud and Quiet
Collapsing the notion of regimented song structure and linear composition, the music expands to fill empty space like a fog, moving unexpectedly and organically between cello, sine waves and electric guitar.
VideoBoy
85

Kali Malone's gayest record yet.

Whynot
65

Not an easy one.
It reminded me "The Well Tuned Piano" (which I enjoyed very much), but my impression is that even TWTP has more inflections than this Malone album (and I am saying it in the most respectful way I can).
Sonical landscapes are interesting and intriguing for sure (I think the last adjective is the most appropriate) but the whole trip unfortunately ended being too static to finally build something captivating. With that said, I think its strongest point is to deliver a ... read more

traumaqueen4eva
80

Aspirando reproduzir um tempo não muito distante, mas que deixou amargas lembranças, Kali Malone utiliza suas extensas notas para configurar os múltiplos sentimentos atravessados nos meses iniciais em que a Covid-19 ridicularizava o ambiente. Vasto e densamente imersivo, 'Does Spring Hide Its Joy' é um registro muito instigante cujo propósito é fazer uma 'releitura' dos meses que a incerteza humana era peça central, especialmente durante ... read more

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Added on: November 16, 2022