De Ambassade Knekelhuis
Released: 1st November 2019
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Dutch analog synth wizard and druid of the drum Pascal Pinkert dabbles in a variety of musical pursuits to staggering results. He recently revealed he’s the man behind Knekelhuis’s mysterious and much applauded moniker De Ambassade. Dutch lyrics, oddball gloomy synth/wave and beautifully blissed-out analog jaunts make his music encapsulating and unique. Loaded with hooks that wouldn't be out of place on a John Maus record and yet recalling the heights of the 80s DIY scene that surrounded The Normal or Fad Gadget.
Something was brooding in the furthest outskirts of Amsterdam. The isolated concrete suburbs of the western part of the city constituted the ideal dwelling place for the writing of De Ambassade's debut album Duistre Kamers.
Pascal Pinkert, accompanied by bass player Timothy Francis, searched for new horizons and managed to find them on this next chapter in the evolution of De Ambassade. Icy electronics display a love for NDW, ragas and raves. Beneath the surface lies a deeper Dutch language narrative celebrating free speech and thought, starkly in opposition with a world where alienation and solitude create ever more distance between all beings.
After releasing two, by now classic 7" ep's, a long player will shine brightly.