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Stained Glass

by Kayo Dot

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I will exalt my throne above the stars of God Will chain the stars and pull down the heavens Will sow the seeds of corruption - They are many and always in their season, And the fruits that swell on the Tree of Knowledge One tree grew on Golgotha, I cut me a staff therefrom And I wept as I mocked him and wished the world would forget And I travel the course of time, and I tread the bones of the dead No love, no freedom, no joy No mind, no thought, no reason Bound we are by nails Broken we are by the broken And the devastation that followed I have garmented myself with the garment of excess And have drunk deeply from the chalice of want These profited me not, and are as sand poured into my throat I sat me down for an age and denied the cloak of the world In the end I denied my own life, and all was as it ever was Remember all ye that though the body falls among the years It is as a discarded walking staff on the hedgerow beside the Path


Scenes of rapture, agony, and consecration are arrayed as windows in this latest EP by the avant-rock maestros. With a large ensemble of glimmering malleted percussion, shrieking distorted organs, crystalline guitars, and sighing horns, violins, and vocals, Stained Glass' translucent passages of unearthly beauty set a new standard in soothing terror. Stained Glass features the return of original Kayo Dot lyricist Jason Byron, as well as a guest appearance by electric guitar genius Trey Spruance (Secret Chiefs 3, Mr. Bungle).


released November 26, 2010

Lyrics by Jason Byron
Music by Toby Driver and Kayo Dot

David Bodie - drums and other percussion
Toby Driver - vocals, guitar, bass, casio keyboards, glockenspiel
Mia Matsumiya - violin
Dan Means - tenor sax and clarinet
Terran Olson - rhodes piano, hammond organ, harmonium, korg mono/poly

Special guest musicians;
Russell Greenberg - vibraphone
Trey Spruance - guitar solo

Original guitar, vibraphone, and rhodes trio recorded by Jim Fogarty at Zing, Westfield, MA in March 2010
harmonium and Korg Mono/Poly recorded by Tomek Miernowski at Grand Street Recording, Brooklyn, NY in July 2010
Additional recording by Toby Driver, Summer 2010

Mixed by Jim Fogarty at Zing
Mastered by Mell Dettmer at Sinister Kitchen, Seattle, Washington

Cover painting by Toby Driver


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