credit: Sanja Marušić

Robin Kester

Mar 14, 2022

7:00pm – 7:40pm CT

Native Hostel

With her hypnotic voice and a soft spot for open guitar tunings, electronics and vintage synths, Robin Kester makes music that is simultaneously evocative and exhilarating. The tracks on the mini-album This Is Not A Democracy reference Sufjan Stevens' enigmatic hymn, Cate Le Bon's indie pop, Beach House’s dream pop and the enchanting beauty of Weyes Blood, as well as the 70s of Nick Drake and Karen Dalton are never far away.

“It is at once impressionistic, volatile and graceful but at its heart lies a quiet euphoria.” is how Conor O'Brien describes Robin Kester's music. After a joint tour through the Netherlands and Belgium, the Villagers frontman wanted to contribute to Cigarette Song, one of the tracks from This Is Not A Democracy. The first physical release of Robin Kester was recorded in the studio of Marien Dorleijn (Moss), a former psychiatric hospital in the woods of Den Dolder. Besides O'Brien and Dorleijn, Maarten Vos can also be heard with cello and modular synths on three tracks.

Transport without pushing. Repent without preaching. This is not democracy. This is the world according to Robin Kester.

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