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Almost Nothing Is Nearly Enough
Released: 9th April 2021
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THE LATEST SONIC BOOM ALBUM, REMIXED BY THE MAN HIMSELF – PETE KEMBER. DELUXE US IMPORT PRESSED ON NEON KANDY VINYL (MILKY CLEAR WITH NEON GREEN, VIOLET, AND CORAL SPLATTER) HOUSED IN A FOIL SINGLE SLEEVE JACKET WITH EMBOSSING ON FRONT COVER AND GLOSSY INNER SLEEVE + 24”X12” POSTER
To Sonic Boom’s Pete Kember, re-imagining the past can lead to ways forward on life’s natural, interconnected
path. In April of 2020, he released his first album in over 20 years called All Things Being Equal, a lush and
psychedelic record full of interwoven synthesizers and droning vocal melodies, concerned with the state of
humanity and the natural world. An entire year later, Kember has re-imagined his last release and created an album
of self-remixed tracks called Almost Nothing Is Nearly Enough, inspired by the spirit of late 70s, early 80s records
by artists like Kraftwerk, Blondie and Eddy Grant. His new album is hypnotic and moody, holding onto the
existential framework of the original, but exposes a fresh, beating realm of possibility.
In his last album, All Things Being Equal, Kember told regenerative stories backwards and forwards as he explored
dichotomies zen and fearsome, reverential of his analog toolkit and protective of the plants and trees that support
our lives. His work is always complex, both in its instrumentation built using modular synthesizers, and with his
attempts to observe the many variables that exist in the universe that are intrinsically connected. Kember takes
his existential and musical curiosity even further in Almost Nothing Is Nearly Enough, explaining “how we interact
now is especially critical.” Written while the world endures many environmental and human crises, the album is
both a balm and a reminder to nurture our own relationships, both natural and personal.
Almost Nothing Is Nearly Enough includes remixes of six tracks from All Things Being Equaland two tracks
previously released exclusively in Japan. The album opens just like the original, with “Just Imagine”in its remixed
form. The modular synthesizer at its foundation sounds familiar, but as the song progresses it branches out into
various veins of sparkling embellishments and deep humming to truly expand the world that the song attempts to
envision. On the albums’title track “Almost Nothing Is Nearly Enough,” Kember’s instrumentation mirrors the
interactions he wishes to inspire; synthesizers responding and building on one another, a conversation of sorts that
the human world currently seems to avoid.
Almost Nothing Is Nearly Enough sets itself up to be a grooving, night-time record, while carrying on Sonic Boom’s
sense of urgency to assess our relationship with the world. As Sonic Boom revisits his last album, he exposes the
arteries and bones of his past work and shares its raw, exciting potential. The result is a re-textured and re-colored
new set of songs, emphasizing Sonic Boom’s ability to make a sonically expansive album feel distinctly impactful
for anyone who listens closely.