Robin Kester – Honeycomb Shades
Drifting between the outer realms of chamber pop, electronic music and psychedelic rock, Kester writes wholly adventurous music.
Honeycomb Shades is produced by Robin Kester with Marien Dorleijn (Moss), with additional production and mix by Ali Chant (Yard Act, Aldous Harding, PJ Harvey) and mastered by Joe Lambert (Sharon Van Etten, The Antlers).
Musicians on the album are Robin Kester, Marien Dorleijn, Sam van Hoogstraten, Thijs Visscher, Joep van Osch, Stef Koenis, Michiel Stam, Susanne Linssen, Jelte Heringa, Timo Jilesen, Ali Chant and Emily Cross. Artwork by Jenna Arts, Photography; Sanja Marušić, Graphic design: Ashleigh Brennan.
The album is released on February 24 via AT EASE on blue transparent vinyl (ATEASE004LP), cd (ATEASE004CD) and streaming.
Robin Kester: vocals, guitar, synths, spinet, wurlitzer, piano, vibraphonette, percussion, omnichord, bass synth, samples, bowed guitar, nightmare machine
Marien Dorleijn: backing vocals, synths, bass guitar, Solina synth, piano, ebow guitar, trumpet, percussion, hurdy-gurdy, programming, drum machine, acoustic guitar, keyboard, vibraphonette, autoharp, nightmare machine
Sam van Hoogstraten: guitar
Thijs Visscher: bass synth, bass guitar, backing vocals, moog
Joep van Osch: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Stef Koenis: keys
Michiel Stam: guitar
Emily Cross: clarinets
Sussanne Linssen: violin
Timo Jilesen: saxophone
Ali Chant: piano
Jelte Heringa: bugle
About 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. In 2022 Robin Kester played four shows at SXSW in Austin, TX, opened for MUSE in Amsterdam and her music was prominently featured in the film Press Play, alongside Japanese Breakfast and Father John Misty. Her two latest singles both premiered on Lauren Laverne's morning show on BBC Radio 6 Music.
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.