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Samantha Coerbell & Kros - Deep Mouth Kiss
12" Vinyl
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Samantha Coerbell & Kros

Deep Mouth Kiss

Krosfire Records

Released: 12th June 2006 | 2 track single
From Rodin to Ray Charles, Ellington to Prince, artists have long held a fascination for the kiss. This most intimate gesture often conveys more than physical desire; it can also express vulnerability and apprehension, the complexity of hearts and minds. In Deep Mouthed Kiss the New York poet Samantha Coerbell has written one of the most evocative, illuminating texts on the subject and London musicians Kros [Lorinson & Raven] have provided an appropriately potent sonic accompaniment. Sensual yet cerebral, understated yet bold, the words and music of this fine composition stand in complete harmony, intriguing the listener with a series of subtle shifts in mood and texture during its daring and dramatic life cycle. Deep Mouthed Kisses starts in one place and ends in another. As Coerbell contemplates the full gamut of emotions experienced by mystified lovers who are 'like teenagers in a stairwell ', Lorinson and Raven deploy anything from unconventional percussion [a Pringles tin!] to slide guitar, bass, drums and backing vocals to create an entrancing stream of sounds. The African, dub and rock overtones of the arrangement betray the influence of anybody from Meshell Ndegeocello to Jill Scott to the Beach Boys. On the B-side of the single Kros show their versatility with the piece Day Is Long. African percussion is still prevalent but the groove is much more physical and upbeat, surging into funk-rock territory courtesy of a hard-edged bassline and full-blooded guitar solos. Lyrically the piece examines the different connotations of 'the longest day' in the life of an individual. On the one hand, it may hold promise and positive energy, on the other trial and tribulation. 'Eternal sunshine wakes me/It plants me like a seed right in the ground/This longest day will test me/Might cut me down before I make a sound.' From Gil Scott-Heron and Malcolm Cecil to Saul Williams and Krust, the collaborations between American poets and British musicians have been fruitful. The union of Samantha Coerbell, an exceptional writer able to make a few words linger in the mind for a long time and Kros, imaginative, progressive musicians able to sound like much more than a duo, is a rich addition to this lineage.'