image Gods and Monsters
I Am Kloot
Release: Apr 11, 2005

“At any given moment, there’s never more than four [instruments at work]. We like to keep the space, space is power. We spend more time taking things out of our music than adding to it and that way you get the lyrics that I’m interested in….fate, love and becoming recklessly abandoned.” Johnny Bramwell, singer/songwriter and guitarist.  Bramwell, with bass player Peter Jobson and drummer Andy Hargreaves, make up Manchester’s I Am Kloot.

The band’s third release (first stateside) Gods and Monsters seems familiar.  It’s comforting, like the tones of yesterday.  Waning of nostalgia for essentials, for that’s all you need.  I Am Kloot precariously trips into ragtime (Strange Without You) then twists into folk (Astray) without losing an ear.  The transitions are not limited to music they also happen across Bramwell’s words.  One moment he is speaking of great mythical animations, the next he’s singing about losing a precious personal love.

Gods and Monsters is an album you can actually hear.  Every instrument declares its presence with a faultless glimmer.  Maybe that’s because of the sparse, “never more than four [instruments]” recording.  I don’t think it’s that simple.  It takes much contemplation and disregard for the tools a typical engineer has at his/her midst to pull of this sound.  Cautiously, Gods and Monsters challenges space, and wins.

I Am Kloot have written an album to remember.  Don’t let Gods and Monsters fall to the wayside without a rotation.