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This Is Not A Democracy

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Robin Kester hails from Utrecht, Netherlands. In 2018 she released a series of singles and her debut 'Peel The Skin' EP. Her debut single 'Lost For A Day' was included on Spotify's Viral Chart and was named 'Track of the Week' in de Volkskrant (the Netherlands' equivalent of The Guardian). Appearances on high-profile TV and radio shows in the Netherlands followed. She is set to release her most spellbinding creation to date, the forthcoming mini album This Is Not A Democracy. Created with producer Marien Dorleijn (of Dutch band Moss) in his studio set deep within a vacant former psychiatric institution, the album's seven songs combine Kester's gentle beguiling vocals with the duo's experimentations with retro guitars, vintage synthesizers and an antique vibraphonette. The result is a dreamy luscious production drawing inspiration from 70's pop, with touches of Sufjan Stevens' enigmatic heartbreak lullabies, the chamber-pop of Cate Le Bon, the dreampop of Beach House, and the enveloping, ethereal and otherworldly beauty of Weyes Blood. Kester cites Westworld (TV series) as a heavy influence on This Is Not A Democracy, with both exploring themes of freewill and self-determination (or the lack thereof). On the beautifully hazy Cigarette Song, which features brass arrangement courtesy of Conor O'Brien of Villagers, the more personal matter of a broken marriage is tackled. Although preferring her music to take on the subjective interpretations and re-imaginings of the listener, much of This Is Not A Democracy plays with more abstract concepts mirroring the album's often majestic multi-instrumental dream-like soundscapes, and Kester's own bewitching delivery. Nightmares, escapism, and shifting mental states are explored, such as in the ghostly Portals which sonically captures the feeling of a looming depression with its mysterious strings. On the tracks Sweat and Fright and Day Is Done two sides of the same sleepless coin are explored, the synthesised melody of Sweat and Fright, which recalls the soulful psych-tinged electronica of Broadcast, is an ode to nightmares, whilst the kaleidoscopic Day Is Done is describedby Kester as "a lullaby for insomniacs." "Robin's music awakens in me a sense of placelessness; her voice embodying the interioriority of that abstract figure, lost in the crowd, on an endless journey home. It is at once impressionistic, volatile and graceful but at its heart lies a quiet euphoria." - Conor O'Brien (Villagers)

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