Robin Kester featured on soundtrack of new feature film Press Play

Robin Kester featured on soundtrack of new feature film Press Play

Day Is Done, a song by musician Robin Kester, is set to be prominently featured in an upcoming new American film Press Play. For the film, the Dutch musician issued a previously unreleased demo version of the song. The feature film is the directorial debut of filmmaker Greg Björkman; a romantic drama written by Greg Björkman and James Bachelor, which will be released by The Avenue Entertainment in the United States in theaters, on demand and digital June 24. Additionally, the film will be released in Germany on June 16 and in the Netherlands on June 21, 2022. Day Is Done by Robin Kester is available on streaming services today.

The final studio version of Day is Done is included on Robin Kester’s mini-album This Is Not a Democracy (2020). However, the film’s director, Greg Björkman, used Kester’s demo version of the track, which he found on Reddit back in 2018.

Robin was unaware of the track being posted on Reddit, where director Greg Björkman found it and included the song in the film’s script right after: "It's not often you find a song that resonates so well with you and others that it stays from script to finished film. Day is Done was in the original draft of Press Play thanks to Robin believing in my vision from the start and a former student of hers who happened to reply to my reddit comment with her contact info when I hoped someone had it to share. So happy we were able to include such an amazing song in the film."

Robin Kester: “I made the demo of Day is Done almost 5 years ago. Back then I had no permanent home because of a recent break up and falling asleep at night was difficult. One of those nights, I was at my parents house, I was particularly sick and tired of waiting for my mind to shut off. Luckily I had a guitar and an old Yamaha keyboard to distract myself. That’s when I wrote and recorded the demo for Day is Done, on just an iPad. I’m really excited that this version ended up on the soundtrack for Press Play, it means a lot to me."

In Press Play, Laura (Clara Rugaard) and Harrison (Lewis Pullman) have the picture-perfect romance built on the foundation of a shared love of music. After a deadly accident, Laura is given the chance to save the love of her life when she discovers that their mixtape can transport her back in time. Featuring a moving soundtrack with songs by Japanese Breakfast, Father John Misty, Slowdive, Dayglow and more, Press Play reminds you that love can always be replayed. The film stars Clara Rugaard, Lewis Pullman, Lyrica Okano, Christina Chang with Matt Walsh and Danny Glover.

Robin Kester

If fear keeps you from doing things, your world becomes smaller. Overcoming that fear by courting new, sometimes unnerving situations is the premise of Dutch recording artist and musician Robin Kester. Kester’s experimental pop exudes a hazy euphoria and dark tension: the thrill of your synapses firing on all cylinders before turning into fully-formed thought.

Garnering widespread acclaim with her mini-album This Is Not A Democracy last year – with airplay from BBC 6 Radio, KCRW and KEXP – Kester has drawn a wide range of comparisons, ranging from Portishead, Broadcast to Julia Holter. Though operating on a comparable sonic wavelength, Robin Kester is a distinct voice coming fully into her own.

Drifting between the outer realms of chamber pop, electronic music and psychedelic rock, Kester writes wholly adventurous music. Not adventurous per se in the naive sense, since there’s always some element of mystery on the prowl. Having moved around from town to town a lot as a child, many of her songs reframe past impressions into wandering reflections, often inspired by specific moments and sceneries.