'Merry Peers' is Brad Henkel & Yoshiko Klein’s mercurial, self-titled Slip debut: a vapour trail of lonesome, entwining half-song made tactile with a dubwise feel for space and bass.
Using only trumpet, synth, a little voice, and effects, Brad and Yoshiko channel sensual ambience, haptic glitch, and time-smudging melodic flights. Earthquake drones. A faint ringing in your ear.
But a pervasive physicality, wryness and urgency underpins and unsettles 'Merry Peers'’ sumptuous surface. Hands and breath shape inhuman sounds, self-help slogans comfort desert winds, and the album’s stately passage is decisive, free of drift.
'Merry Peers' [SLP051] is available from May 2019 on cassette and download. Recorded and Mixed by Dan Peter Sundland. Mastered by Joe Talia. Artwork by Brian Henkel. Distributed by Boomkat.
released May 2, 2019
Music by Brad Henkel: trumpet, voice, effects & Yoshiko Klein: synthesizer