Head like a Kite is the name of the solo project by Sushirobo's Dave Einmo. That may mean something to you but since I had never heard of Sushirobo I went into the album with absolutely no preconceptions. The title of this album, Random Portraits of the Home Movie, is an apt one; Dave Einmo used Super 8 movie samples from his childhood as part of the album "concept". This personal gimmick unfortunately boils down to being just as exciting musically as watching other families' home movies. All the "concept" in the world doesn't a good album make. The whole thing is just mish mosh of song with strange vocals thrown in with no apparent rhyme or reason.
Head like a Kite sounds like a band that is supposed to dabble in places other than rock. I believe that there is evidence of these attempts, of these dabblings, on the album. Attempts were made, promises broken, the idea was to reach outside the rock genre and bring back other variables. But the problem is that experimenting for the sake of experimentation often doesn't work. The first track I listened to ("Noisy at the Circus") was a good track; it's what made me decide to review the album. . There is a girl singing. There is a nice beat. I could bug out to it. Sadly, when the full album arrived, the rest of it wasn't as appealing as that one track. Head Like a Kite keeps attempting to add a drum beat to what I would otherwise think would be a rather run-of-the-mill rock song. If the hope was to jazz it up, it doesn't work. And there's nothing revolutionary here. I think it is something that has been done a great deal over-say the last ten years-and done a lot better. A successful example of someone who has experimented with beats and still kept a rock sensibility is Beck. Head like a Kite is not Beck.
I'm not sure where the name, Head like a Kite, comes from but-for me-flying kites is like listening to Head like a Kite. Both are boring. There is a terrific amount of work in trying to get a kite in the air and then you are left, literally, responsible for the kite. Unless you're willing to put in a whole lot of work, I don't think you're gong to find a whole lot there to get out of Head like a Kite. That turned me off.
I hope that Random Portraits is just a glitch in the road for the band, but I could not with good conscience tell anyone I know that they should buy or even really listen to this album. Generally, I have read good reviews for Head like a Kite and that kind of makes me feel like I'm missing the joke. Or maybe the joke just isn't that funny. I'm not laughing.