KOI - "In tomorrow hid yesterday"
"Every now and again you’re fortunate enough to discover a rare and beautiful jewel in the musical wilderness and the debut album from Gothenburg quintet Koi is most certainly one. Starting out originally as a metal band, and then realizing the advantages of not being restricted by musical boundaries, Koi’s music can loosely be described as ‘prog’ which, yes, is a broad and overly used term, but what they’ve essentially done is create their own entirely unique and fresh approach to the genre, taking some apparent elements of inspiration from perhaps the likes of Opeth, Pain of Salvation and Porcupine Tree, adding it to exceptional musicianship, writing and song-structure and ending up with one of the most intriguing and addictive albums I’ve heard since Leprous’ ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’ and Riverside’s ‘Out of Myself’. I think it’s also a telling sign, in this i-Pod age of listening to music on-the-go or whilst you’re busying yourself with something, when you feel utterly compelled to actually sit down with a decent pair of headphones, give an album your full attention for its duration and really immerse yourself in it, which is exactly what ’In Tomorrow Hid Yesterday’ compelled me to do; and seriously, it’s well worth it. Opening track ‘The Rabbit’ sets the scene for the album perfectly, with its exquisitely lush, multi-layered and almost shoegaze-esque wall of sonic tapestry, leaving you instantly hooked, as it slowly fades into ‘Woodnote’, a gentler track with multiple vocal harmonies and cello that broods and morphs into a later heavier section with chugging polyrhythmic guitars overlaying delicate keyboard and cello. The subtle variation of styles between the songs on this album and the way they effortlessly weave and flow from section to section and from song to song is truly quite astounding for a debut, and clearly demonstrates not only the high standard of musical proficiency within the band, but also their understanding of songwriting and album creation as an art form in itself. This is perhaps most evident with the initially stark, simple, yet extremely evocative ‘In A World Of A Child’s Mind’, an echoey piano-led piece, overlaid with delicate, fragile vocals and cello, after which sits the heavier ‘Breaking of the Day’, with its almost black metal feel two thirds of the way through, with blast beats and fast picked heavily distorted guitars; and on paper, such a disparate variation in styles probably should not work, but as they maintain the essence of their own style and album style throughout, neither seems out of place. The album ends with a minute-long multi-tonal feedback loop, which may sound an odd way to end such an album but, trust me, it works perfectly, and you could interpret its meaning in a number of ways, but it’s certainly provides a thought-provoking and unique way to end the album. Melancholic it is, but in a hopeful and entrancing way, ‘In Tomorrow Hid Yesterday’ is quite simply a beautiful piece of subtly complex musical art which provides you with more insight into its layers with each listen, and an album that I doubt I will ever tire of. Easily up there with my top 5 albums of 2010, this comes highly recommended and you won’t regret buying it. Koi are destined to go a long way."
"KOI has found inspiration from RPWL and the early Procupine Tree and Pineapple Thief. However, they are not stunned by a total admiration and they have developed their own distintive music, which is sprinkled with a typical Swedish prog angle but also with unmistakable indie vibes. There is a concept of poetry which deals with many fine thoughts and subtle reflections, to which there is not necessarily an answer. Not to take things for granted and appreciate the little things are good thoughts that everyone should practise actively and daily. There are also areas concerning how we have developed from our ancestors, the cave people, and a matter of being the biggest and the strongest. The music of KOI is not the biggest or the strongest but it is a subtle alloy of varied and beautiful moods. Youth withstanding KOI is presenting mature music –good melodies, gorgeous harmonies and exciting moods are more important than solos. Some choose to call it indie prog but the important part is that it sounds so good.
"Great band, cool music - open your mind."
"It’s interesting to see the various new influences entering into the progressive rock genre. After all these years there are still new musical motifs shaping a musical tradition founded on experimentation and blending. I hear this new influence in the debut release from Sweden’s Koi entitled In Tomorrow hid Yesterday. The origins of Koi go back to 2001 and after a myriad of changes the band today consists of Eemu Ranta (guitars), Joni Kaartinen (bass), Markus Mönttinen (drums), Patrik Andersson (guitars, vocals) and Roberd Palm (keyboards, piano). In certain circles the music created by Koi is labeled progressive indie rock. Well; ok, but to my ears it sounds like prog.
There are a total of eleven tracks on In Tomorrow hid Yesterday; two of them are around nine-minutes, four of them around six minutes and some shorter transition pieces under a minute. Suffice to say there is a lot going on here, even if it’s not immediately evident on the first listen. Right off the top let me say the band sounds like a blending of Pure Reason Revolution and Mew. There is a density to their compositions; they’re full of sounds, layers upon layers of sounds. While the vocals are delivered in a kind of dreamy, atmospheric style sometimes sounding like it’s sung in rounds. Again it’s the layers. Now there are many moments where it’s just voice and guitars or voice and piano, so it’s not all a wall of sound, make no mistake. But each track tends to build in intensity and emotion. One moment it’s all light and airy and then slowly almost imperceptibly in changes to something darker, melancholy and charged to tension. For the most part these compositions feel a little more upbeat and bright though.
Some will question the prog credentials of a band like Koi, to which I say, get over it. These guys are exploring some new ground with the new sounds and I think it sounds pretty cool. Give the disc a few spins and I think you’ll come around especially when you start hearing the depth of the compositions. In Tomorrow hid Yesterday has many rewards for those willing to listen."
"KOI? kikadikoi? KOI is what has meaning in Swedish? Question unanswered.
"A great debut from this new band out of Sweden. A lot of promise. Solid throughout. Points of reference would be Porcupine Tree, Pineapple Thief and RPWL. By no means is Koi a clone, though. The difference is this sounds a little more indie than the aforementioned bands with that special distinct Swedish sound. When I mention Porcupine Tree, I refer to their Delerium-years from the '90s when they were spacey. Koi rarely move into the metal territory that Porcupine Tree has adopted as of late. So, if you enjoyed your P-Tree without the metal; then this new Koi album is one to check out. One of the better debut albums of 2010. Recommended."
"...This makes In Tomorrow Hid Yesterday" really grow on you. It gains strength after every listen. Let's hope these guys can pull together for a long time and can gain experience, because this is a very impressive debut from a very talented band."