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Kuhl

Kuhl;

Kuhl is an electronic music collective from England and France, formed in 2015. The core of Kuhl is comprised of Cas Greenfield (guitar, vocals, keyboards) and Mikey Cooling (guitar, keyboards, vocals), with guest vocalists Maddy Harwood and Henry Cameron Allen. Check out the Ubertanz website for the in-depth lowdown on the Kuhl Kollektiv line up and philosophy.

With dedicated studio time, Kuhl has been able to concentrate entirely on this broad sweep of an album. Kuhl has created a broad sweep of an album, capturing a cohesive sound that is unique to the band, with songs that have thought-provoking lyrics and complex music, creating a soundscape that has become close to a short story with dance beats.

Always regarding themselves as a European band, Kuhl now crosses international borders. Cas Greenfield lived in Amsterdam for many years, but currently lives in Stroud, now billed as the Bohemian Capital of The Cotswolds (as well as being the crucible that spawned Extinction Rebellion) while Mikey lives in the Cevennes region of the South of France.



Pas De Deux;

Imagining ‘Pas De Deux’ as a conventional double album, Kuhl has grouped the songs into four sides that have both musical and lyrical links. The songs each stand-alone, but these are our original groupings.

Side One takes us through the Euro-pop opening of ‘Halo’ through a set up up-tempo but thought-provoking songs including Mikey’s ‘Breakthrough’, ‘Raise The Roof’, ‘Hide and Seek’, ‘Chalk Marks In The Rain’ (with a video by D K Wells) and ‘Immortals’ (with a video directed by visual artist Ruben Ireland)

Side Two opens with ‘Here Is Where The Heart Is’ inspired directly by the studio environs, once inhabited by Picasso and many of his contemporaries. ‘Eighteen Shots’ is a slow, but hard-hitting track that muses on the death of Dylan Thomas, with quotes from both John Donne and Thomas. This takes us through two funky tracks ‘Bumping Into Clouds’ and ‘Crush Hour’ to the aching love song ‘Breathless’. The closing track on side two is ‘Hold On’ - a plea to the planet in these times of global warming and the threat of ecocide, featuring guest vocals from Maddy and Henry.

Side Three kicks off with the rollicking ‘Absolution’ based on an old sea shanty of the 19th century. Followed closely by ‘One To One’ with its political undertones. ‘Lost in Space’ continues the theme and brings us to ‘Destruction’. ‘One Voice’ sends the message that Jaw Jaw is indeed preferable to War War… This set concludes with ‘One More Summer Of Love’ - a dark song that tells a compelling story.

Side Four begins its journey with the eery track ‘Hungry Tonight’. Fans of Horror might enjoy this one. ‘Mean Girl’ is one of those relationship songs and has a great Nah Nah singalong ending. ’Shine’ is a little freakout number that finds its origins in Cas’s time in Amsterdam, followed closely by ‘Deja Voodoo’ - another dark and ominous piece. The album closes with the uplifting anthem ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ - with its ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ optimism.



In Conclusion;

Crossing borders has always been high on Kuhl’s agenda. ‘Circus of Outrageous’ from 2017 has original songs part sung in French, Italian, Dutch, German and English. ‘Pas De Deux’, has songs that range in subject matter from Politics to Love, from Murder to Hope…and much in between.

‘Kuhl is on a creative high - there’s no stopping us now…’

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