You know that feeling, music that once it hits your ears, it’s pure gold. It catches you off guard in a good, good way and all you can do is just enjoy it over and over and be thankful you were introduced to them.
Kali Masi, hailing from Chicago, dropped an album on Take This To Heart Records that so good that I’ve been listening to it non-stop for about two weeks now. I found myself instantly a fan of them and each time I listened to their release, I appreciated it more and more. I hate that it took me this long to learn about them.
Wind Instrument is the foursome’s debut release, but from the sound of it, you’d think this band has been around forever. Full of energy and hard-knocked feelings meshed with catchy as hell punk rock tunes is probably the best way to describe these guys. Think Luther meets Smoke or Fire and Restorations.
“Some Friends” opened up the album not holding back one bit with “you’ve got a funny way of coming clean” immediately targeting someone who needed to be called out for who they are. This track blew me away and I immediately knew that I was going to love this album.
“Her Palms Were Read” continued with intense, honest recollections of relationship truth. The chorus proved that with a stern “If I could count the ways I need you, am I just wasting all my time?” Everything was likable on this track, especially the guitar playing at the end. I always appreciate a good rock out.
“Powerline Days” ruled. The music and lyrics were so damn catchy and perfect all revolving around love. My favorite part was the harmonies added with the hooks in the middle followed by a simple guitar solo. The video was top-notch too (check it out below).
“Love is unconditional but I’m in no condition to love” as heard on “Jejune” was such a brutally honest lyric on this self-destructing track. Once I heard it, it just stuck with me and all I could think of was how I once identified with that statement. Heartbreak of any type hurts and you can hear it in this track.
“Recurring (II)” was full of hooks and catchy singing that anyone would find themselves getting into. “Ghost (The Pottery Scene)” carried the same likable qualities after but slowed things down some with a ton of reminiscing, slight regret, and brutal self-actualization.
Listening “Your Other Left” brought back a lot of buried memories from past relationships. I have got to hand it to Kali Masi, these guys really know how put their lyrics together providing for explicit visualizations. I can not say the memories were ones I wanted to recall, but I can tell you, I appreciated hearing them as told from someone else. Musically, this track was amazing to listen to with a slight eruption towards the end.
Finishing up the album was “C.A.”, a punk rock balled of sorts. The whole band really came together on this one making for an incredible listen. Right when I thought it was over, the band dug deeper into their pocketful of feelings and belted out “what kid of fool would fall in love with someone who gave up on themselves? What it takes to be happy, I don’t know.” This was the moment I knew this band was destined for greatness.
Wind Instrument was the surprise release I have been looking to hear for a long time now. Kali Masi pretty much has gotten me just as excited as when a young Menzingers released Chamberlain Waits. Just by one album I knew they were striving for greatness and I hope to hell Kali Masi does the exact same, these dudes have serious potential.
I hate that I missed these guys last year when the album dropped as they would have shot to the top of my Best Of List, but honestly, these guys are going to be in my regular rotation for some time to come. Do yourself a favor and check them out. I hope you will appreciate them as much as I do.