Love Is Love // Return To Dust is Code Orange Kids' debut album, recorded at God City Studios by Kurt Ballou (Converge). From the first organic stick clicks of opener Flowermouth (The Leech) musical chaos explodes in every direction imaginable. As their tangle of guitars and angular percussion violently lurches about, it's apparent that Code Orange Kids are not concerned with following the predetermined path of any existing sub-genre. The band's dirges effortlessly become staccato bursts in Liars // Trudge and Nothing (The Rat), two songs with so many hairpin turns they are difficult to put into words. While adversely, songs like Colore (Into Nothing) and Calm // Breathe unfurl as beautifully layered musical expanses.
As impressive as these dynamics are, it is Code Orange Kids' untamed heaviness and emotion in the title reference songs Choices (Love Is Love) and Bloom (Return To Dust) that will leave you floored. These two mostrous beasts smear the divisions between art-rock, punk, doom, and noise in a way never heard before. Without a doubt, Love Is Love // Return To Dust is truly impressive, as much a work of art as it is an album. A shining example of the bright future that awaits the world of aggressive music.