Lord Kesseli and the Drums are a Swiss duo, founded in 2014 by members of the band Stahlberger. They claim to make slow club music, and that's a pretty accurate description. Personally, I'd go a little further and call it 'psychedelic downtempo doomgaze blues', so no, don't expect some brutal growlings, piercing riffs and massive blast beats. Nope, we're going on an emotional ride along the meadows where electronic music meets psychedelic rock.
The album opens with the song 'Arnold', which reminds me of acts like Slowdive or Jesus and Mary Chain. But there's more to this music, something seemingly rooting in the darkwave scene, with its gloomy atmosphere and choir-like dreamy vocals. As a former DJ on (quite open-minded) gothic parties, I can certainly understand the club music reference. I'd play this at one of my parties anytime.
Of course, that means that there are plenty of electronics, synths, drones, soundscapes and even flashes of noise to be found. Yet, all those elements are arranged in beautiful songs like 'Siri' or the heavy doomgazer 'Fade'. Yes, doom, and yes, that means strong guitar riffs and hypnotic solos. It's all here and it's all magnificent and there's three more slabs of goodness to come, including the bluesy 'Pure Emotion' and the weird uptempo song 'MDMA which blend DAF with Iggy Pop', or something like that. But what would you expect from a song with that title?
As the album closes with the equally brilliant 'Kid' I read that Lord Kesseli and the Drums' intention is to play as many gigs as possible. Well, as far as I'm concerned, they can come play in or near Antwerp anytime. It would be great to see them on festivals like Desertfest, incubate and even Dunk!.