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Radius Kink - Album Review: Peculiar Confessions

27 Oct 2017 // A review by Alex Moulton

Radius Kink's new album Peculiar Confessions is an interesting release; full of nostalgic set pieces that feel like they have no purpose beyond proving that they can exist. Tracks like Maybe I’ll Change My Name have clear influences from groups like Pink Floyd, who are synonymous with experimental alternative music, and the entire album feels a bit like that; a conceptual album, mixing styles and methods to create something completely, without a purpose or direction. Interestingly, while Radius Kink live, consists of Gary Hendrikse, Dawn Hendrikse, Tim Busby, and Steve Kirkeby, the album recordings consist of writings, recordings, mixes, and productions from around the world.

Each track has its own distinctive feel, but the vocals remain a consistent piece that provides the album with a collective feel. The vocal style is a reserved, tranquil, melancholic sound, and is particularly noticeable on the cover of Survivor’s 1982 hit Eye of the Tiger. One of the Radius Kink’s favourite tracks is clearly Nigel, which takes up two slots on the albums ten-track setlist. The latter full version with an extra minute of Nigel's. Peculiar Confessions harks back to the more musically playful times of the 50’s and 60’s. You won’t find, loud, overly complex riffs, instead subtlety and well-formed pieces and are put forward. Beautifully crafted and intricate.

This isn’t an album to make you jump up and down. It will not pump you full of energy. Instead, it evens you out, calms the heart rate, and brings about a sense of peace and tranquility. It is full of little additions of sound to create the full effect. You will discover more every time you listen to it.


Review written by Alex Moulton

 

About Radius Kink

Radius Kink formed in 2006 with music created by a collective of musicians around the world and produced and mixed by the production members of Radius Kink; Greg Douglas (Reading, England) Gary Hendrikse (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Alex Lampe (Hoorn, The Netherlands).

Radius Kink is a band with no boss and no obvious career aspirations. Radius Kink challenge themselves to write, compose and perform their eclectic set of powerful music and thought provoking lyrics which focus on their stories, feelings and opinions. With a similar sound to Flaming Lips, Badly Drawn Boy, Pink Floyd, The Happy Mondays, Gorillaz, Pond, Jarvis Cocker, Early Split Enz and Early Genesis.

Radius Kink’s live show are reminiscent of the ‘Old School’, live performances of Patty Smith, Joan Jett and Janis Joplin

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Peculiar Confessions
Year: 2017
Type: Album

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