When you want a gentle feather to caress your tired eardrums, before
hammering them flat with the force of a rhinoceros, Pirohia by Kerretta
is your album. Like an Acme anvil tumbling in slow-motion from a cliff
and landing with a thud on your unwary coyote head, the third unnerving
album from the cunning Auckland trio will knock you blind. As tweeting
cartoon birds circle your smarting brain, a lightbulb will flash in your
subconscious. Ice-sparkling tunes will restore your mind to order like a
frigid mountain stream. There is only one thing left to do: edge up the
volume and start again. Let the fuzzy force of the unexpected spark your
neurons back to life.
Described as the "the thinking metaller’s rock band", Kerretta was
spawned from the dark and forbidding streets of Kingsland, New
Zealand. Their debut album Vilayer was one of the highlights of 2009,
gaining praise and glory from fans and critics alike across the globe. In
New Zealand it was nominated for the inaugural Taite Music Prize, an
honour similar to being nominated for a Mercury prize in the UK.
Giving a cold shoulder, stony eyed glare and a quiet [expletive deleted]
hiss under their collective breath at the outmoded idea that all bands
need lead vocalists, Kerretta revel in their lack thereof and pursue, with
steadfast glee, the ins and the outs, the ups and the downs of a purely
sonic narrative. A narrative that is heavy and dark, twisted with shards of
beauty and danger all sitting securely on top of a churning slow burn
groove. On one track only does the trio relent, and then in an
unconventional fashion. The eerie and powerful „Kawea Tātou Ki Ngā
Hiwi“ features vocals in Te Reo Maori fashioned along the ancient sunbleached
bones of a traditional Maori waiata (song).
Pirohia was mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, London
and will be released on 5th September on CD and limited LP (both as
thick gatefold sleeves) and Digital.