As soon as I got an e-mail from Serj Tankian last fall saying that he had a new band for System of a Down fans to check out, I immediately checked out the link, not knowing what to expect. Low and behold, I listened to Kyla Cries Cologne for the first time and immediately fell in love with the music this group produces. Being a learning piano player, but knowing much about what sounds good and what harmonizes well, Matt Langley has got to be one of the best piano players I’ve heard in a while. You don’t get many bands that have piano in their songs anymore, but this band somehow fits the drums, guitars, keys, and chilling vocals altogether to create the perfect synergy of sound.
I, myself, am a very harsh critic of music, but with all honesty, I have to say that Fair to Midland can’t be compared to any other band. Their sound is amazingly unique and they bring back a tone of pirates meets the renassaince meets fair/circus life…you have to hear the album in full to understand what I’m talking about. All the songs are amazing, but “A Wolf Descends on a Spanish Sahara” is probably my favorite at the moment. Like I’ve read in the forums, any band that can use the lyrics ‘It smells like disaster’ and make it sound good, HAS to be amazing. Listen all the way through the album for secret little interludes which are fun and exciting to listen to. GREAT CD, Purchase it now!