Rex Kyed by Rex Kyed
Two old punks go experimental, with mesmerising results
Anders Rex and Peter Kyed have created music together since the early nineties, first in punk band The Bleeeder Group, then later in the krautrock-inspired Svartbag. Now, in their third collaborative incarnation, they continue their transmogrification, moving stealthily onwards towards an experimental nirvana. While this self-titled EP is primarily Ambient, guitars are still an intergal part of their make-up, albeit used in non-standard ways, along with a myriad of electronic instrumentation, which forms a pleasing mash-up that's at once arresting and Ambient.
At just 22 minutes, the six tracks whizz past like the life review of a near-death experience, which is fitting as the artists suggest that the music, while not directly autobiographical, reflects:
[periods] of desolation, exiting and entering bubbles of comfort, being apart from family, and on a constant transit from A to B and back again
A life on the move, obligatory separation, time out from the norm, must be challenging but, based on this musical snapshot, we are granted a glimpse into the Rex Kyed experience only to discover that their lives are actually not unlike our own: dark, blissful, provocative and beautiful but more than anything else, ephemeral.
- Rating: 9/10
- Listens: 14
- Highlight: Departures
- Label: Infinite Waves
- Release Date: 23rd Mar 2018