This album is so difficult to grasp. You can't really "interpret" it at once, it's too ephemeral. It's my umpteenth listening and I still find new details hidden somewhere along the music way. Really good.
One day, human science will evolve to such a heuristic, enlightened state that it will solve the meaning of all objectivity, and subsequently, it will prove with absolute certainty that Choirs of the Eye is the greatest piece of music ever made.
I mean, not really. The whole reason this is so good is because it's creative and original and doesn't sound like anything else out there. Now, if you were to say that more music should be this creative, I'd agree.
Why I think many would feel (including me) that this is the best by Kayo Dot: It's strongly attached to a structural logic that is emotionally close to people from rock, metal and pre-modern classical music (clearly and vividly contrasting sections in terms of volume, tonality, texture, etc.). Also, peaceful sections on this album have an unashamedly "pure" quality about them (no excess dissonance or noodling) that allows for basking in their dream-like quality (ie. Marathon's second half, the ending section of Wayfarer, etc.). I think it's the "pure" qualities of this album (structure, climaxes, beauty) that make it so sacred to many.
Has anyone wondered about the cover's relation to the music? To me, the music gives occasionally a feeling of being submerged, so it would seem reasonable that something is under water in the cover. Maybe this is music that comes out of a dead bird's eye when the bird, or its spirit, drifts under water?
Yes. The first time I heard Marathon, it was almost complete chaos to my ears from start to finish; the dissonant chords were as abrasive as anything I had ever heard; the middle part felt so crazy that I should've "swum in a sea of eyes and mercury"; the humming near the end creeped the hell out of me. The spoken poem felt kind of haunting, too. Then it became my favorite piece ever. It's as meaningful a song as song can be. The rest of the album is nice, too. ;)