Sunday 24 October 2021

ROBIN KESTER

With Robin Kester her EP “Peel the Skin” was still able to be placed in the indie folk area, with the mini-album This Is Not A Democracy it immediately becomes clear that her talent cannot be tame just like that. Beth Gibbons, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beach House are such associations.

With Het Oog Op Morgen, Robin mentioned one of the promises for 2019. She thought otherwise. The year was mainly used to work on new material together with Marien Dorleijn (Moss). In his studio, in a former psychiatric hospital, they went in search of a new sound together. This grew into more electronics, vintage synths and drums to an antique vibraphonist, with her hypnotic voice and idiosyncratic guitar playing as the definitive signature.

The result is a dreamy, opulent production inspired by 1970s pop, referring to Sufjan Stevens’s enigmatic lullabies, Cate Le Bon’s indie pop, Beach House’s dream pop and the mesmerizing beauty of Weyes Blood.

This new sound can be seen at PAARD on Sunday 24 October! Tickets are available via the black button.

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  • € 17,50
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  • 19:30
  • 20:30

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She and her band already brought part of the mini-album to life on stage last year during the opening acts of Villagers in the Netherlands and Belgium. Frontman Conor O’Brien heard enough to want to contribute: “It is at once impressionistic, volatile and graceful but at its heart lies a quiet euphoria.” In addition to Conor O’Brien and Marien Dorleijn, Maarten Vos can also be heard with cello and modular synths on three tracks; Sweat and Fright, Portals and Day Is Done. The latter track can be heard in a demo version in an American film later this year.

The first single, Remove and Delete, made it to the playlist of the influential American radio station KCRW and recently received airplay on Amazing Radio, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 6 Music. At 6 Music the track passed two shows in a row in the radio program of Elbow frontman Guy Garvey: “I think this is great”.

Transport without pushing. This is not democracy. This is the delicate world of Robin Kester.

Robin Kester betovert met dromerige visioenen

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