Ear-pleasing performance ' aanhou geraas maak'
Mouth harmonica and double bass, they are two instruments that can hardly be distinguished from each other in size and sound. These are the weapons with which Steven De bruyn and Jasper Hautekiet go to war like brothers. Well-trodden paths, they politely decline. They'd rather go through the thicket and find adventure. "To boldly go where no one has ever gone before", something like that.
When Steven was working on his solo album 'The Eternal Perhaps' (2020), Jasper was brought in as a last resort to add some extra colour. After all, it's always better when we're togheter. Jasper was also there when The Rhythm Junks made the world unsafe in the 15 previous years. Gradually, they discovered a musical universe without a defined pattern of roles.
The tour of The Eternal Perhaps had shot out of the sky like an arrow, until the world came to a grinding halt on 13 March 2020. Steven and Jasper had come to a complete stop and the tour was not even halfway over, but fate decided otherwise. After a year of being banned from playing, they decided to make sense of their accumulated energy. They met in the studio and took off from a white sheet.
In uncertain times you have to improvise, and that is exactly what they did. Completely uninhibited and free of rules, they let themselves be led only by intuition. This approach resulted in a sultry instrumental trip in which pure ensemble playing is central. Meticulous melodies and driving rhythms alternate. The harmonica is run through a battery of electronics and the double bass is given a percussive pander. Sometimes, the two instruments become so intertwined that nothing is what it seems.
With two instruments that can hardly be more different from each other, they have discovered a viable planet that is completely unique. Steven De bruyn and Jasper Hautekiet were just getting ready in 2020, now they are prepared for the full dive.