MARIS (albumrelease) / Robin Kester

jazz, pop / rock / songs

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MARIS: 'By Virtue of the Absurd' (album release)

Under the name MARIS, Brussels vocalist Mariske Broeckmeyer creates blistering pop that is as much inspired by jazz and improvisation as by the atmospheric experiment of the Scandinavian scene. She presents her second album By Virtue of the Absurd (WERF Records).

After the debut album On Gods and other Things (RAT Records, 2016), Mariske worked closely with Silke Blankers (Goodbye Princess) for her second album. Louis Evrard (Ottla, Echo Beatty) and Laurens Smet (Book Of Air) also contributed to the album. The band only becomes complete when Thomas Jillings (Ottla, Linus, Goobye Princess) also joins during the live concerts.

Sound and voice, experiment and song alternate and complement each other in a musical musing that is as cinematic as it is intoxicating. This is music that follows its own set of rules and is therefore imbued with that typically searching jazz spirit.

Maris is not easy listening, but music to slowly get lost in, while your jaws drop down further and further..


Entirely in line with Icelandic tradition, she interweaves melody, experiment and a sense of adventure into a musical treasure.


Robin Kester: 'This Is Not A Democracy' (mini album)

While Robin Kester was still free to park in the indie folk box with her EP Peel the Skin, with the mini album This Is Not A Democracy (AT EASE) it immediately becomes clear that her talent cannot be tamed just like that. Beth Gibbons, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beach House are such associations.

The Dutch radio program Met Het Oog Op Morgen called Robin one of the promises for 2019. She thought otherwise. The year was mainly used to work on new material together with Marien Dorleijn (Moss). In his studio located in a a former psychiatric hospital, they went in search of a new sound. That morphed into more electronics, vintage synths and drums to an antique vibraphonette, with her hypnotic voice and idiosyncratic guitar playing as definitive signature.

The result is a dreamy, luscious production that is inspired by '70s pop and references Sufjan Stevens' enigmatic lullabies, Cate Le Bon's indie pop, Beach House's dream pop and the mesmerizing beauty of Weyes Blood.

It is at once impressionistic, volatile and graceful but at its heart lies a quiet euphoria.

Conor O’Brien (Villagers)

I think this is great.

Guy Garvey (Elbow, BBC 6 Music)

MARIS is a part of A JazzLab Tour
photo (c) Olympe Tits


Mariske Broeckmeyer (vocals, synth), Silke Blankers (vocals, synth, organ), Thomas Jillings (synth, sax), Laurens Smet (bass, Moog), Louis Evrard (drums)

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