Kamuy Paints Itself Into a Corner on Debut EP

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Indie rock can be a confining space—songwriters who define themselves against the mainstream paint themselves into corners just as easily as they open themselves up to possibility. On its five-song debut EP, Knoxville’s Kamuy delivers a great recording—clear, sharp, detailed, and warm—that unfortunately feels like it’s encased in amber. The self-titled disc shows off a moody energy that the band hasn’t always demonstrated live (part of that comes from the recent addition of second guitarist Rory McMillan), but the earnest late-’80s and early-’90s touchstones that mark the songwriting—R.E.M., Sonic Youth, Throwing Muses, even a little Modern English on the opening chiming chords—suck some of that wind right back out.

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