Peter Kember
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All Things Being Equal represents Sonic Boom’s first album release in over 20 years. You heard that right. It’s also the first to be released by Carpark Records, home to several artists Peter Kember (AKA Sonic Boom) has produced himself.

The album shares the same name of Kember’s previous project; he remarks “I learn from everyone I work with, and I wanted to bring what I learnt into this record,” “Everybody thinks about and listens to music in different ways.”

All Things Being Equal  has been in the works for over five years; the songs began as instrumental pieces in the UK and have been remixed and reworked over the years. Kember eventually moved to Sintra, Portugal where he finished the album. He explains:

“But I wanted to get out of the urban commercialised environment,” Kember explains of his move to a national park in Sintra, Portugal, which he calls “an
enchanting area famous for being inspiring.”

Being surrounded by raw idealistic nature, Kember was drawn to contemplate humanity’s role in our planet’s “critical collapse.” Concepts such as our society’s constant need to acquire greater and greater power, the relationship we have with the earth and its inhabitants, as well as the role of spirituality, inspired him to write the lyrics for the album. Take for example, “The Way That You Live”; the lyrics make it quite clear that ideas concerning how humans live, what they value and how they give back as a society in terms of love, were topics at the forefront of Kember’s mind when producing the album. Even the video’s imagery is reminiscent of human cells, which once again reminds us of the complexity of humans and our creation.

Take a deeper look, here’s the official music video for “Things Like This (A Little Bit Deeper)”:

Sonic Boom – “Things Like This (A Little Bit Deeper)” 

Sonic Boom’s songs are heavily layered– when you listen to them, it’s reminiscent of a spiritual inter-galactic space journey into nature. Don’t worry I’m not sure exactly what that means either. It feels like we’re on our way home, yet simultaneously travelling very far away—I suppose that’s the exact relationship our modern society has with earth if you think about it… earth is our one and only home, yet we are at times completely disassociated from it—it makes one wonder: where is our place in this vast universe? This concept of human nature and belonging is evident throughout Kember’s entire album, but especially in songs like “My Echo, My Shadow and Me”. Take a look for yourself:

Sonic Boom – “My Echo, My Shadow and Me” 

At times echoing a spooky yet instrumental sound, the drone-based tunes on All Things Being Equal provides us with a glimpse into the rather forward thinking, full-dimensional creations on Kember’s latest album. Kembler doesn’t stop pursuing the conceptualisation of his feelings on humanity with his music. The imagery in the corresponding music videos possess the same common theme of exploring humans at a deeper level. Through his imagery, we are able to see humans from a birds eye view, as well as well as up close at a cellular level— through him, we experience humans on a vast spectrum from from great distance to incredible detail. It is evident Kembler is looking at humans and humanity at all angles and even on the microscopic level. What’s more is that he wants to make it blatantly clear what he is doing, and he wants us to know. This human dissection at the mental and physical level can be seen in songs like “Tawkin Tekno”. Check out the official music video and see for yourself:

Sonic Boom – “Tawkin Tekno”

Kember says he “wanted to mix bright digital with chunky analogue.” “Certain instruments have something about their sound that touches me deep, and I’m always trying to focus as much vibe as I can into the songs.”

“Just Imagine” is a great example of this, check it out here:

Sonic Boom – “Just Imagine” 

If that isn’t enough to get you intrigued, I hear the deluxe version of the new album is pressed on red glow-in-the-dark vinyl, which sounds pretty cool to me!

Deluxe Edition – All Things Being Equal

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Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: | Keep it groovy <3

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.