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Boomkat Product Review:
"Mutual admirers of each other’s work, Thomas Meluch (Benoît Pioulard) and Kyle Dunn (Kyle Bobby Dunn) present a collaborative recording that ruminates on painful realities, disappointments and transitioning to new homes, in the hopes of finding a coping mechanism to bring them through to the other side.
Perils began auspiciously in 2012 at transitional points in these artists’ lives. Dunn was living in Belleville, Ontario, trying to complete Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness (Students of Decay) and coming to grips with the fact that this great endeavor was at its end. Given the enormity of the album and the emotionally and physically exhausting process of recording it, Dunn found himself drained with unforeseen questions and confusions. He immersed himself into this newfound nocturnal work, finding a path in the midst of wondering.
Meluch, meanwhile, was uprooting from the UK and relocating to Seattle during the recording process of Perils. Nearly drowning under the anxieties of living on uncertain ground, he channeled these emotions into musical escapades. Meluch recorded in his spare moments, sending sonic puzzle pieces one by one to Dunn, who would in turn explore the musical sentiments Meluch had shared, adding his own billowing sounds to the seething mix.
The ten pieces created for this release are culled from a poutine- and whisky-fueled trudge through the dark corridors of an as-yet undiscovered or possibly imaginary mystic temple. Commencing with the shimmering guitar and tape loops of “Colours Hide My Face,” the album crawls out of the grooves with a slow-churning turmoil, coaxing the listener to embark along its path. The dirge-like guitar clang and vocals of “(Dead in the) Creekbed Blues” could be an 18th Century blues standard emitted from a buried radio. On Perils, Meluch and Dunn lock arms and together chart the upheaval in their lives to bridge the liminal gulf between the once-was and the soon-to-be."