The album “Marcher sur la tête” was the first project undertaken by KiKu, the duo of Yannick Barman and Cyril Regamey, who encountered each other at Lausanne Conservatory. This project was the start of an in-depth involvement, with voice and text as the crucial starting point, providing scope for their musical work: on 20 January Lenz walked through the Vosges to Waldbach in dank, foggy weather.
He experienced the mountain scenery and nature as surreal and forbidding and felt
pursued by madness that seemed to hunt him down on horseback. He lost his grasp of time and space, experiencing a temporarily disordered mind and states of anxiety. An unrevised, incomplete text that is indisputably one of the masterpieces of German prose, a broad field… It is exactly this dreamy and delusional, sometimes idyllic, but always driven sound that marks the style of this first work from KiKu: they take possession of some key passages from Büchner’s work and scatter them freely in their pieces, which are plumbed, heightened and taken to the sheer limits of the imaginable by David Doyon’s electrifying guitar. You can hear Lenz’s nightly baths in ice-cold water, or his later self-harm (“He often banged his head against the wall, or put himself through some other violent, physical pain”) – vain attempts to affirm the existence of an objective reality. The voice that carries the work and brings it to perfect expression belongs to none other than Blixa Bargeld, vocalist with the German band Einstürzende Neubauten. Bargeld leads the public through this surreal and narrative universe as a seductive agitator. With “Marcher sur la tête”, KiKu has succeeded in combining poetry and musical adventure in an innovative album of great intensity.
The second album, entitled “Eng, Düster und Bang”, is based on a text by the German writer Jean Paul. The first flower piece from the novel ....... więcej