Skemer is a brand new cooperation between singer Kim Peers, who’s also a model for Vogue, Steven Meisel, Prada, etc., and guitarist Mathieu Vandekerckhove of post-metal band Amenra and his personal project Syndrome.
Two very different worlds collide and lead to minimalist dark wave deconstructions that are equal parts brutal and erotic. This duality is reflected in the name Skemer, which next to its obvious English meaning of ‘intriguer’ also stands for ‘dusk’ in Mathieu’s native tongue West-Flemish.
The band recorded their debut album just months after meeting and this sense of urgency shines through in their effervescent live performances, where Peers seductive vocals coalesce with Vandekerckhove’s austere beats to meld into a transcendent fury.
“Regardless of what sensual imagery alluded to from the annals of celluloid, the music’s droning dark melodies are haunting and infectious, not unlike whatever parasitic organism is devouring Peers and Vandekerckhove seemingly from the inside out.”
“the Skemer piece below, which pairs the Belgian duo’s AVANT! debut (Benevolence) with crimson-hued photographs and a commentary that cuts straight to the core of guitarist Mathieu Vandekerckhove (Amenra, Syndrome) and singer Kim Peers’ self-made universe….”
Sunseeker was track of the day at The Quietus & Nowness.