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KEN KASE - “Ken Kase”

MUSIC FARMER 5 - Review by Wolf Georgia

An Epic Fusion of Vintage and Vanguard

In his latest self-titled EP, Ken Kase orchestrates a symphonic journey that transcends time and genre, artfully weaving the soul of '60s rock with the finesse of modern indie soundscapes.


The EP commences with "Entitled," a masterpiece reminiscent of The Beatles, yet distinctly Kase. Its rich, groovy vocal harmonies are a tapestry woven with threads of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s legacy, culminating in a bridge that soars into a celestial realm, akin to the harmonious wonders of the Beach Boys. The track concludes with an impassioned jam session, where organs and guitars cry out in a melodious uproar, only to halt abruptly, echoing the song's title in a thoughtful, introspective pause.


"Quality Control" presents a delightful contrast, bursting with the exuberance of '90s pop anthems, evoking the spirited charm of Barenaked Ladies. Its enchanting chord progression, intertwined with the playful dance of guitar and synth, creates a hook that is both euphoric and hauntingly memorable.

 

Ken Kase orchestrates a symphonic journey that transcends time and genre, artfully weaving the soul of '60s rock with the finesse of modern indie soundscapes.

 

The EP culminates with "The Big Whatever," a musical odyssey that starts with the raw simplicity of e-piano and guitar, gradually building into a tapestry of sound where Ken Kase’s voice shines with unparalleled clarity and emotion. His vocal prowess, alternating between the intimate verses and chorus drenched in a Lenny Kravitz-esque megaphone effect, is nothing short of mesmerizing. The composition escalates into a bridge of joyous vocal harmonies, then plunges into a jazz-infused groove, showcasing Kase's virtuosic guitar skills. The track fades into the ether with a saxophone solo, reminiscent of the spirited crescendos of a Dave Matthews Band classic.


This EP is more than a collection of songs; it's a mosaic of Ken Kase's diverse artistic talents. His journey as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, writer, and photographer – a journey made all the more remarkable by his triumph over visual impairment – infuses his music with a depth and authenticity that resonates with listeners. The warm reception of the EP in St. Louis, with tracks like "Entitled" and "Quality Control" captivating rock enthusiasts and "The Big Whatever" enchanting classic R&B fans, shows Kase's unique ability to blend genres seamlessly. In this EP, Ken Kase doesn't just create music; he invites us into a rich, multi-layered world, a vibrant showcase of the enduring power and beauty of musical artistry.


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