With The Beetles

by Kinbom & Kessner

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    140 g black vinyl LP in sleeve with 3 mm spine, with a lyric insert and download card. Ships with 2 exclusive postcards (while stock lasts).

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Kinbom & Kessner is collaboration between Swedish lap steel guitarist and songwriter Fredrik Kinbom (Gemma Ray, Sarah Blasko) and German theatre writer/dramaturgist Sonja Kessner. The new album "With The Beetles" features a fine cast of international guests such as Hannah Miller and Ruth Skipper (Moulettes), Glenn Richards (Augie March), Ned Collette and Mike Simmonds (Nick Cave, Bonobo).

Outside Kinbom & Kessner's studio window in Berlin there is a cemetery. A fairly modest cemetery, which was split in half by the building of an Autobahn. In this cemetery, there is a plot of graves where civilians killed during the last weeks of World War II are buried, where small beetles crawl around. The title track "With The Beetles" does not only remember the past, but also that the world is still at war:

“It happened here and not that long ago. It happens now and not that far away.”

The album deals with political and social issues of our times, like migration (with an original and thought- worthy twist, where a radio announcement tells about refugees from "the former European Union"), but also - especially musically - with the beauty that can be found in everyday life. Elements of spiky Brecht/Weill-style waltz, dark udu drum grooves and Fredrik Kinbom's pushing of the lap steel guitar into new territories makes for an intriguing musical setting that spans a wide variety of tempos, textures and moods.

"With The Beetles", although being a very different animal musically from the duo's 2015 debut "Lieder von Liebe und Krieg" (Songs of Love and War), carries on in the same lyrical vein as its predecessor, concerning itself with historical, political and social themes, telling tales of humanity, love and death while hoping for a peaceful and tolerant society.

Kinbom & Kessner live and work in Berlin.

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released June 16, 2017

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