I had debated whether or not I should post this because it's technically not free to own. But I decided to because a) Kayo Dot are, in my opinion, the greatest band of the decade and Toby Driver is the most forward-thinking composer of our time and b) it's free to stream in its entirety and Hydra Head never take the streams down, I guess they leave them until the domain expires (case in point; the streams for last year's albums from Pelican and Tusk are still online).
In all honesty, I don't know what to make of Blue Lambency Downward. It certainly doesn't have the same punch that Choirs of the Eye and Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue had on first release. The heavy moments we saw on both of those albums have almost completely disappeared. At this point, the pieces don't seem to distinguish themselves from one another anywhere near as much as they did on Dowsing... or even Choirs of the Eye, which had a number of moments that were extremely memorable (the solo in "The Manifold Curiosity" being the most obvious example) and the songs seemed to build to huge climaxes and then stop, or end with meandering passages.
On the other hand, I find myself counting down the hours until I can hear this record again. In fact I'm gutted right now that I can't listen to it because someone seems to have exceeded the download limit here.
If you want detailed descriptions of the music on this, I really can't give them to you. The best I can do to sum it up is that its some sort of mix of Toby's solo album, last year's Sixty Metonymies (released under the Tartar Lamb moniker by Toby and Mia) and the sound that Kayo Dot were going for on "Immortelle and Paper Caravelle". Other than that, I don't know what to say. It's going to take me a few months to figure out this record. But dammit if it's not one of the best records I've heard in a long, long time and I have no doubt it will be firmly secured in my top 5 records at the end of the year, even if at this point I don't dig it as much as the last two records.
For now, listen here.