Boomkat Product Review:
Meriel Braham used to be in the Pale Saints - one of the great bands to have emerged out of the burgeoning 4AD scene in the early 90’s. Having spent the last few years in Leeds listening to and producing music of an increasingly electronic nature, Meriel developed her sound and Kuchen was born. This is a breahtakingly fresh album, floating sensibilities of the most delicate kind developed into an electronic daydream that could (at first listen) be compared to the pop emissions of Isan injected with an accoustic warmth. Take, for example ‘Steamboat Travels’ - a marvel of semiconcious electronic bubbles, travelling at a snails pace, taking in the scenery, leaving behind it a trail of hearts and smiles. Title track ‘Kids With Sticks’ is unbeleivably good - reintroducing the accoustic into proceedings : lovely guitar strums and electronic flicks that at one and the same time sound like a vocal-free Hope Sandoval, Slowdive and Wunder, extracting the gentlest sound imaginable and once again sending us off misty eyed to the land of dreams. What a way to end the year – an album of reflection and withdrawal...and, above all, an album that reminds us that electronic music doesn’t have to be faceless or cold..that it can make us smile, send us off to sleep and make us cry in the same breath. Stunning.