«I don’t care about beeing up to date» declares Miss Kenichi a.k.a. Katrin Hahner and adds «Iwant things to have meaning. I search for and am intrigued by stories, music and messages that last longer than a summer. This is why this work needed to sound ancient, like a memory». She’s talking about «Tale Of Two Rivers», the opening track of her enchanting new album «The Trail» but she could just as well refer to all the songs on this fascinating work. It’s a bold way to open this her third album and it’s sparse and a bit weary but in tune with the ghosts the song is describing. Like, very strange but intriguing, all you hear in the opening is the wheezing sound of a pump organ to go with her haunting voice. Later, a single snare drum is added and the outcome is «Tale Of Two Rivers», a timeless piece of contemporary music. «It lingers in the air like smoke over a battlefield, ominous and yet misteriously beautiful, its origins nebulous, it’s presence felt and yet, intangible» writes Fred Perry in subculture.com.
In the last six years since her previous album a lot of water went down the Spree and much went forward in Miss Kinichi’s artistic evolution. For one thing, she collaborated in refining things on stage and in the studio with Tindersticks drummer Earl Harvin. He also co-produced on «The Trail» and with musicians like Terry Edwards of Gallon Drunk and Tindersticks and Chris Bruce of Chris Connelly, this new album came to life. It’s splendidly driven by pump organ, snare drum, flute, piano and a fat juicy reverb guitar. A tapestry of sound backing her eternally beautiful voice and what a voice it is.
Beautiful Queens and esteemable Knights gathered around the round bar, tonight, Lady Godiva will be ruling the castle.