New Album COUSINS by KIM JANSSEN out now!
After the premiere for ‘Bottle Rockets’ by The Line Of Best Fit (UK) and singles ‘Gouldians’ and ‘Dynasty’, Kim’s new album ‘Cousins’ is finally here now, released on Snowstar Records/Caroline Records.
‘Cousins’, is a pop album, swinging in tone from dark to blinding technicolor, with glossy synths, huge orchestral arrangements and Kim’s vocal – at times a Bill Callahan-esque croon, at times a soaring falsetto. Dark strings and steel swells surround hushed ballads and bursts of maximalist pop, as Kim threads memories of Loi Krathong nights, earthquake drills and political turbulence into a domestic landscape of front yards, birthday parties and chinese restaurants.
Filled with idiosyncrasies, triumphs and tragedies,
‘Cousins’, is a personal account, about looking back and growing older, about longing and displacement, spiritual doubt, dedication, and obsession. Recorded across two years and several studios, the album features contributions from Marla Hansen (Sufjan Stevens, The National) and Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson (Sigur Rós) and was mixed by Chris Coady (Beach house, Future Islands) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Blood on the Tracks, Graceland).
The first album reviews are very praiseful:
“Once again Janssen has created his own world, layered and rich with thought and emotion – this rises far above standard pop music. Janssen is of international class” – OOR
***** “a beautiful record” – Music Maker
“Very likely ‘Cousins’ is his Magnus Opnus” – Ingeplugd
**** – Lust For Life
31-03 De Helling, Utrecht (NL)
07-04 Motel Mozaique, Rotterdam (NL)
11-04 Privatclub, Berlin (DE)
19-04 Trix, Antwerpen (BE)
29-04 Here Comes The Summer, Vlieland (NL)
10-05 La Maison Sage, Paris (FR)
18-05 The Great Escape Festival, Brighton (UK)
16-06 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek (NL)