Sunday, April 08, 2018

Peter Kernel - The Size Of The Night [On The Camper Promo]

Put on the circuit via their own imprint On The Camper Records on March 9th, 2k18 is "The Size Of The Night", the latest album outing by the duo that is Peter Kernel. Announced on these pages through their video for "Men Of The Women", a post-apocalyptic Desert Rock affair, we see singer Barbara Lehnhoff and Aris Bassetti cater a proper ten track album, opening with the experimental, yet cinematic PostPunk-infused cut "There's Nothing Like You" which, at least throughout its intro sequence, evokes memories of bands like Prinzhorn Dance School before introducing more broadband electronic elements whereas "Pretty Perfect" adds a litte dramatic attitude reminscent of the very first generation of rrriot girl bands in the PostPunk era and "The Secret Of Happiness" weighs in a small hint of romanticism alongside a poetic, widescreen Americana feel for Spoken Word connaisseurs. "Terrible Lluucck" digs deeper into Americana and dope beat structures which are moving into a seductive sing-a-long chorus later on, the "Drift To Death" offers a spine-tingling intro sequence of various instruments in reverse motion atop which Barbara Lehnhoff's vocals unfold in a well-hypnotizing matter, morphing from Indietronics to more of a krautsy feel whilst "The Revenge Of Teeth" is a deep, Blues-infused take on down to earth Desert Rock for dusty sunsets experienced in sketchy motels along endlessly stretching roads and "The Shape Of Your Face In Space" tends to experiment with weird echo FX and multilayered, twisted and probably modular created string arrangements atop a very oriental, yet PostPunk-infused drive to a great, dancefloor captivating effect. Finally "The Storm Will Last" drifts off into more Americana-infused territories accompanied by ritualistic drumming before turning into a female Indie powerhouse of a tune and the concluding song "The Fatigue Of Passing The Night" waves goodbye on a tender, ballad'esque tip, revealing another beautiful and masterly executed side of Peter Kernel's artistic work. Sweet, yet widely varied and a little off the beaten path for sure.


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