Disclaimer: This Kermit isn’t the affectionate green frog Muppet. This Spanish Kermit four-piece crafts bass driven post-rock with jazz influences – something we do not have enough of, and I’m not being sarcastic either. Kermit’s debut (and lone album) released October of last year makes me think of the likes of Do Make Say Think and Bark Psychosis – two of my favorite post-rock bands. Somber, yet elastic and vibrant, instrumental work all around, and drumming that isn’t obnoxious and overpowering – it walks side-by-side with the guitars and bass respecting its space. Autoficcíon is an album where you get your money’s worth – 11 songs, of which none go under four minutes. Angular time signatures are employed throughout some of the songs like you would hear in any math rock song, but this only adds to the character Kermit exudes. They can be that chilly and melancholic band that makes you want to just lean on the bar and look at the lighting and the people at a party or they can be a fruity and piquant act that makes you want to pick yourself up and see who’s among the crowd for you to meet. Bad analogies aside, Autoficcíon really is a solid album and you should give it a listen below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of Kermit. Cheers!

The Details

KERMIT is a jazz/post-rock project from Malaga (Spain) that was born from the desire to experiment with the endless possibilities offered by two guitars, a bass and a drumkit. The result is a landscape of multiple textures that make sense when played together, only when superimposed. KERMIT is a melancholic trip that is sometimes subtle and tender, and some others aggressive and heartbreaking.

"One of the most interesting European instrumental post-rock / jazz projects". Idioteq Magazine.

"An intelligent instrumental project of many carats". La Opinion Newspaper.

"A convincing album that hides a wonderful listening experience". Musikmitherz Magazine.

"In periods of junk consumerism of highly unacceptable nature there is always a salmon that decides to swim against the current. Kermit is innovation, dedication and passion". Jose González at Modernícolas.

"It is incredible the ability with which Kermit write tracks that have their own life. All nuances in their music are perfectly combined, which pervades all their live shows. The result is that the audience leaves the venue with a comforting feeling similar to the effect of a warm embrace in a grey and stormy day". Isa Alba at Staf Magazine.

"A trip full of feelings in which professionality and experience of Kermit's four pieces stood out at all times". Sole Miranda at El Club Express.

"Visceral and brainy music —oscillating, hieratic, and reiterative sounds that may well also turn out disturbing, taming, sometimes enigmatic and some others painfully raw, yet always recognizable due to its sharp and wisely distilled aroma". Aforo Libre Magazine.

"This post-rock band from Malaga is fond of extensive crescendos, tiny twisting noises, sound landscapes, Martian guitar sounds and, above all, tastefulness. That's Kermit. The notes played by their guitars travel through different sound machines that mould them to create pure sound landscapes: intertwining pictures of the Caribbean and the Antarctica seen through a looking glass. You watch these pictures while the breeze caresses your feet. It's the bass and the drums that set the beat of the pieces. I know that the term 'pieces' is somewhat pretentious, but... if there is no singer, how are we going to call them 'songs'?. Kermit are elegant. Very elegant." Miguel A. García at Modernícolas Magazine.

"Their music makes a very wide range of references and is a truly interesting proposition, able to shift the tempo and the dynamics quite substantially, although with a very deliberate, patient demeanor". Za Records Magazine.

"Kermit perfectly exemplify the band that is based on dreams, work and talent. Kermit are deservedly making their way into the musical scene almost with no help or support". Francisco Daniel Medina at Staf Magazine.

"One thing that comes back to me as I approach the end of the album is that these guys really are good musicians and very good at creating engaging verses and hooks that keep your attention and get your head to nod to musical tapestries with tastes, shapes and textures [...] the basis for their need for experimentation is the fact that they have mastered their instruments and want to take their playing to its furthest limit". El Intercambio Magazine.

"Kermit is unquestionably brave and curious to deep into certainly complex musical paths, managing to present on stage a very promising work that leaves the audience wondering: what's next?". Territorios (nuestros) blog.

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KERMIT es un proyecto malagueño de jazz/post-rock que nace del afán de exprimir las infinitas posibilidades que pueden ofrecer dos guitarras, un bajo y una batería. El resultado es un paisaje de múltiples texturas que al juntarlas cobran sentido unas gracias a otras. Un viaje melancólico a veces sutil y tierno, otras agresivo y desgarrador.

KERMIT bebe de influencias musicales como Slint, Radiohead, 12twelve, Afghan Whigs, At The Drive-In, Refused, Tortoise, Manta Ray, Portishead, Toe, Shiner, Sonic Youth, Liars, Mogwai, Karate, Burning Airlines, The Cinematic Orchestra, Miles Davis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, etc., aunque sus influencias no olvidan otras formas como la literatura, el cine, el arte y el diseño gráfico, etc.

"Uno de los proyectos de post-rock/jazz instrumentales más interesantes que hay en este momento en Europa". Idioteq Magazine.

"Un trabajo instrumental de muchos quilates e inteligencia". Diario La Opinión.

"Un album convincente y maravilloso de escuchar". Musikmitherz Magazine.

"En los periodos de consumismo basura de una naturaleza altamente inaceptable, siempre hay algún salmón que decide nadar a contracorriente. Kermit es innovación, es trabajo y es pasión". Jose González para Modernícolas.

"Es increible la habilidad con la que Kermit hacen temas que tienen vida propia. Todos los matices de su música se encuentran en perfecta comunión, y eso cala en los directos. El resultado es salir de un concierto con una sensación reconfortante, como el efecto de un cálido abrazo en un día gris y tormentoso". Isa Alba para Staf Magazine.

"Un viaje lleno de sensaciones y en el que la profesionalidad y tablas de sus cuatro integrantes destacaron en todo momento". Sole Miranda para El Club Express.

"Una música visceral y sesuda, sonidos oscilantes, hieráticos, mutantes y reiterativos, perturbadores, apaciguantes, a veces enigmáticos y otras dolorosamente crudos, pero siempre reconocibles por su aroma punzante y sabiamente destilado". Carlos Guerrero para la revista de arte y cultura Aforo Libre.

"Esta banda malagueña de post-rock es fan de los subidones eternos, de los ruiditos, de los paisajes sonoros, de las guitarras marcianas y, sobre todo, del buen gusto... así son Kermit, las notas de sus guitarras viajan por aparatos que las repiten creando paisajes: fotografías del Caribe y de la Antártida juntas, pegadas sobre un cristal; las miras mientras una brisa constante te acaricia los pies. Son el bajo y la batería que llevan el ritmo de las piezas. Sé que suena pretencioso lo de "piezas", pero si nadie canta, ¿cómo van a ser canciones? Kermit son elegantes, mucho". Miguel A. García para Modernícolas.

"Su música tiene una amplia variedad de referencias y es una propuesta muy interesante capaz de sustanciales alteraciones del tempo y la dinámica, aunque de forma reflexiva, paciente". Za Records Magazine

"Kermit, son el ejemplo perfecto de grupo que, a base de ilusión, trabajo y talento, se están abriendo un merecido hueco en la escena musical sin que nadie les esté regalando nada". Francisco Daniel Medina para Staf Magazine.

"Una de las cosas que pienso al acercarme al final del álbum es que estos tipos son buenos músicos, muy buenos en la creación de estrofas atractivas y melodías pegadizas que captan tu atención y te hacen mover la cabeza con tapices musicales de sabores, formas y texturas [...] Su necesidad de experimentar se basa en el hecho de que dominan sus instrumentos y quieren llevar la composición y la interpretación al límite". El Intercambio Magazine.

"Es de una gran valentía y una gran curiosidad por adentrarse por caminos musicales ciertamente complejos. Logrando poner sobre el escenario un trabajo prometedor, que nos deja con la pregunta ¿qué vendrá después de esto?". Blog Territorios (nuestros).
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released 24 October 2012
Recorded at Dune v2.0 Studios in Málaga (Spain) by sound engineer Sergio Cascales.
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