Kitten Pyramid: Befuddling pro-vegetarian concept prog is the new black

East Staffordshire prog explorers Kitten Pyramid's second album Kiddo continues the bewildering standards set by their first

Kiddo cover art
(Image: © Flip Flop Records)

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Of all the great concept albums written about the environmental impact of meat eating, this third release from Burton-On-Trent prog misfits Kitten Pyramid might just be the most bewildering. 

Kiddo features so many surprise twists it's entirely possible many listeners will be reaching for the travel sickness pills by the time album centrepiece Whale hoves into view. It's that discombobulating.

It's also very good. Inhabiting an imaginative realm where The Cardiacs meets Super Furry Animals meets Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy meets Vivian Stanshall via Paddy McAloon's I Trawl The Megahertz, it boggles, it wobbles, it frequently squelches, and on BBC the melody from Cream's Sunshine Of Your Love is used to backbone a lyric about a "cheeky chihuahua" [note: BBC featured on review copies of the album, but did not make the final track listing]. 

Meanwhile, Jalapeños sounds like Foo Fighters jamming with the Polyphonic Spree, and Biscuits is Blur but with added seagulls. You could listen to this for 150 years and still be hearing new things. 

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.