An EP that fits the KROOKS spirit, because it’s overloaded with pure character. It can be experienced as a club orientated EP, but for us, the core really finds its origin in soundscapes and identity. All tracks have this pigheaded, mysterious and outstretched desert feeling. The artists created their work from a vision that really reflects their artistic-DNA, which makes this EP a pure & disruptive piece of artistry. It comes with the artwork by Berbe Rinders Art.
Spaceandtime started with the revelation that we needed to make music best listened to in the desert. We envisioned an endless plain with a giant sun setting on the horizon, smouldering heat, dust everywhere. No one enters the desert without a good reason, and no one leaves it unchanged. Desert Breath, an enchanting artwork in the desert of Egypt, closely resembles our own vision. As they put it: “In our mind’s eye, the desert is a place where one experiences infinity.” We dedicated a track to it on our Desert Breath EP.
We regularly start our studio sessions watching or listening to inspiring YouTube-clips. This often helps to spark an idea on which we then build a track. The idea for Shelter Me (the main track for our first EP), was sparked by watching this meticulous explanation of the Bolero, Ravel’s 17-minute masterpiece. It taught us a lot about building tension. More importantly, it showed us that not all the instruments have to be in perfect harmony with one other. Sometimes it’s the dissonants that give the music its true beauty.
ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE
We are enthralled with the music and the personality of Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe. Not only does he sing and produce amazingly sensitive soundscapes on his modular synthesizers. He also has his own heavy metal band, and has even acted in a movie. For the performance in this clip, he used a MIDI-device to channel the biorhythms of plants into his machines. We also try to incorporate natural elements in our music. On the Shelter Me EP, we used several organic textures and found sounds to create natural environments.
FUNKADELIC’S MAGGOT BRAIN
This is definitely our favorite guitar solo of all times (and it has been the inspiration for the Origins Intro on our Desert Breath EP). Legend has it, George Clinton asked Maggot Brain – as Funkadelic guitarist Eddie Hazel was nicknamed – under the influence of LSD to imagine his mother’s death. What followed is this eerie recording, which simply can’t leave you unmoved. It’s such a raw and emotional stream of consciousness; listening to it still sends chills up our spines.