By: Ryder Bott
Detroit-born band Kaleido’s album Experience is a powerful, enthusiastic, and energetic journey. Kaleido is reminiscent of old-school rock and roll bands with prominent, driving guitar-work, underscored by reliable bass-lines and solid drums; all while paying homage to their home’s working-town history.
Experience thematically centers on working hard, enjoying the time off, and the burning desire to make it, or die trying. It also tackles reality where things do not always work out the way we hope. The album opens with a faux-radio introduction before exploding into action with a celebration of that working town’s mentality with “Blue Collar Delight,” describing the anticipation of going out Saturday night after a week’s worth of hard work.
This frenzied feeling is continued up until the eighth track of the album, “Trouble in Paradise;” which, evokes the style of No Doubt, starting with a pop-beat and stripped-down instrumentation, including a jaunty bass line, and showing the band’s command of more than one style of music.
Another departure is made by the following song, “Balcony,” which evokes a darker, more dramatic feeling in the vein of alternative-rock. A slower, more muted sound is brought to the table with the next track, “Love and War.” It begins the gradual slowing of the album’s pace as the next two songs bring it to a softer, but extremely satisfying end.
Overall, Kaleido’s album is, as the title says, an “Experience” and it offers a few different styles with a sound characteristic to the band. Kaleido knows who they are, where they came from, and are extremely proud of it.