KP2 and Nemo
Fruits and Roots
KP2 and Nemo were in rival bands in the Manchester area in the late 1970s, though the rivalry was friendly enough for Nemo to deputise as bassist on several occasions in KP2’s band. By the mid 1980 s they found themselves collaborating in the writing of and recording of a series of lo-fi musical adventures , they reached a point where they felt they had achieved what they set out to do and simply stopped.
Subsequently Nemo built an extensive portfolio of library music and KP2 went his own idiosyncratic way until 2011 when they came together to create the tracks you hear now on this release , sounding unlike anyone else and worlds away from the mainstream.
What you have here is the product of many months and years of collaboration compiled in one tasty little package. And there is a unique and remarkably fresh feel to the music. The instrumental element is predominantly guitar lead – with a series of interweaving riffs and melodic lines creating a distinct and other wordly feel – the biggest compliment I can give is to say is I haven’t heard anything so unique since I first chanced across the sounds created by Jeff Cotton and Bill Harkleroad in Woodland Hills in the late 60s. There is the occasional use of keyboard and percussion to create tension and release but mostly this is about very clever use of the guitar as an orchestral instrument.
KP2’s lyrics on this release are not as rooted in realism as his other work. There is a more esoteric feel to the lyrical content on this occasion, almost as if the words are being used as an additional musical instrument in the overall sound-scape. Rather than a polemic or indeed a didactic approach the words offer a series of impressionistic narratives for the listener to interpret in their own way.
The recording is intentionally lo-fi – sometimes the words are almost lost in the rush of guitar sound – this adds to the overall feel of the pieces creating a dynamic listening experience drawing you into the overall mix. Those listeners who are used to KP2’s recent mutant rap escapades will find new avenues to explore here, this is more spoken word than traditional vocal.
Because of the particular approach being employed here, which allows for personal interpretation I will not specifically analyse each track. Suffice to say I enjoyed them all.
The EP comes with a bonus track – the Space Museum remix of “Jump Into the Water” which brings in busy percussive element to the core of the original tune and adds a lengthy dub coda.
Utterly unique and highly recommended.
The EP is available from German Shepherd Records from 31st March 2014.