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"Ded Moroz" @ the Rivoli, Toronto, 11/14/08

"Live in Seoul, Korea" 10/06/07


Release Date: November 3, 2009

If the volatile and hypnotic sound of Kite Operations’ ‘Festival’ surprises you, it's with good reason. Gone are the delicate melodies and devastating love songs of their first two albums. Filled with visceral noise spirituals, ‘Festival’ is less a collection of songs than a joyous exaltation for the no-wave set; an exhilarating testament to the band’s ability to infuse dissonant experimentation with the emotionally incisive.

Kite Operation’s yearning, passion and soul are evident in the lyrics and core of every song; manifested so openly and brilliantly in the shared vocals of Joseph Kim and David Yang. Still, it is as a collective whole where the band ignites so fiercely and Kite Operations becomes noise transformed. From the aching yet brazen titular opener to ‘Ave Maria’, an intensely hypnotic crescendo, this is a band intent on reaching ecstasy through unified sonic disintegration. Reflect on the ‘Ded Moroz’ and ‘Dasepo’, two electrifying supernovas which propel ‘Festival’s vision of a new musical genre of collective transcendence. These, along with the rest of ‘Festival’s songs, such as ‘Islands’, ‘Seashell, and ‘Beyonce’, only assure Kite Operation’s triumph in creating a post-noise album so electrifying and distinctly new.

The album concludes with a special contribution from label mate The Gold Medalists, on the cathartic ‘Slow Machines’, the perfect culmination of the intensely dissonant bliss that is ‘Festival’.


"If you're looking for easy, familiar music you would best be advised to steer clear of this album. But if you're in the mood for consciousness altering creativity...you will find a wealth of thought provoking material to digest here. (Rating: 5+++)" – babysue/LMNOP

"The style ranges from slow and mellow to a very strained energy that explodes in crazy guitar playing and feedback. Nice." – Giant Robot

"feedback is the lifeblood and accoutrements of Kite Operations' musical corporeality. They indulge in it: shimmying, animal-noisying, lodged-in-the-right/left-channel-like-a-ghostying all over the place."

"Reminiscent of early Jesus and Mary Chain, the boys' love of feedback and all things riotous make this record a very powerful listen."
Theme Magazine

"Trading guitar glazes, Joseph Kim and David Yang propel parallel yet distinct noise from their axes winking and nodding in the general vicinity of fellow New Yorkers Sonic Youth. Often the rhythms remind you of some punked out jazz nightclub jam sessions. If you’re as into textures and multiple layers of sonic etherealness as I am, you’ll fall in love instantly." –

“…like the wind taking control of a kite, they lose control and let loose with some surreal noise-pop… spiking the songs with gritty emotion.”
Delusion of Adequacy

“Often drawing on the insatiable noise of Sonic Youth, Kite Operations' "Dandelion Day" is filled with blistering guitars countered by Joseph Kim and David Yang’s tender-hearted vocals… With its debut album Kite Operations reveals itself to the world, as naked as the unaffected vocals hidden inside, and with unwavering resolve.”
the Deli Magazine

“[‘Tracing Paths’] is carried by light and intricate guitar work, reminiscent of LN or Kunek. The instrumentation and the lyrics both are beautiful. Joseph Kim sings of our human relationships as crossing paths "like cursive"; "throw them together and witness the splatter." Kim and David Yang literally splatter shrieking feedback in-between verses, reinforcing the subject matter, but not overpowering the mood. Kim closes with the ambiguous line "I take my food from the fed, clothes from the dressed, love from the loved" which prods at the way we attain our necessities (if I'm not gleaming too much from it). As the chorus comes around, the melody leaps up to striking heights. The attention to detail here is superb. The result is a sensitive, complex song.”
Somewhere Cold

"This four piece combines beautifully composed emotive melodies comparative to Mineral with harsher, thrashing guitar-driven moments ala Sonic Youth. …unique, unconventional and creative. …this album is a breath of fresh air in a whirlwind of generic music.” – IMPACT Press

“Joseph Kim and David Yang somehow manage to make their wall of distortion a coherent part of their mostly laid-back songs. …the quirkiness sounds completely normal, a natural part of the whole, even when drummer Sung Shin takes off on a discordant path. And Kite Operations certainly have no need to compensate for weak vocals. Kim has a strong, beautiful voice…” – Altar Magazine

“Sometimes, the noise and feedback found in the background of the songs will clash with the smooth cylindrical vocals which seem to stare you in the eyes and beg you not to turn away. It's at these times that you'll walk the line between order and chaos… the same line that can be drawn between being moved, and moving.” – WRANKmusic

“[‘Surprise’] opens on a mellow note with a basic melodic guitar line, stops, regenerates, then bang! Kim starts wailing, cymbals are bashed, a frenzied guitar assault erupts and somehow we've hopped several time zones after only spending 7 minutes together.” – Beat the Indie Drum

“[Opening track ‘A Wonder’] opens with chiming atmospheric niceties before revealing a sharp little indie pop song full of guitars and intense drumming. Kim’s vocals convey vulnerability and yearning while the guitars crackle like Pepsi on Pop Rocks. It’s a bit confounding at times, but if you are a fan of new music, that’s what you want isn’t it?” – Shortwave Media

“…twelve beautiful pop tunes recorded with acute attention to detail in terms of composition and arrangements. …intense music that always manages to focus--first and foremost--on spectacular vocal melodies. By combining abrasive tendencies with ethereal sounds, this album succeeds on many different levels. Dreamy hard pop with peculiar spontaneity.” – LMNOP

“Will they go for acoustic-focused compositions, noise guitars, winding instrumentals or what? They excel at all as established on the opening three tracks…” – Exoduster

“[Kite Operations’] songs are rarely predictable, full of unexpected shifts and off-kilter progressions, but the results are catchy and enjoyable… Gorgeous ballad ‘Washing Out’ is a lyrical masterpiece.” – Splendid

“…expands on what The Smiths started and outlandishly makes extraordinary improvements with a more defined indie punk feel that borders somewhere between the pre-emo haze of Hum and the post-rock numbness of God Speed You Black Emperor!... Despondent chords and melancholy vocals pepper an album that could lay claim to lo-fi genius if it wasn’t for the fact that it sounds just huge… Wow, I truly am taken aback by this imaginative band who really and genuinely defies classification.” – Smother

“…LOUD guitars, quiet vocals, and a drummer who sounds like he's banging on trashcan lids. It's beautiful noise the likes of which I haven't heard since bands like Chavez and Seam regularly spun in my CD player...” – Swizzle-Stick

“[Kite Operations] extracts a shimmering, eardrum-shattering ore of blissful indie pop… With blushing bravado, this New York City quartet produces sweet, gloomy noise pop that puts memorable melodies ahead of novelty, resulting in a remarkably sincere, beguiling debut.” – Westword

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