TEHIMANA KERR: Defamation of Character
By Tony Parker
You may know Tehimana Kerr better as his alter ego Jetlag Johnson, guitarist for those purveyors of all things Welly-Dub, Fat Freddys Drop. However on his solo debut, which by all accounts was 10 years in the making, Kerr takes on a more experimental approach and comes up with an album of mostly instrumental tunes that maintains a laidback electronica ambience and functions nicely as a chilled out musical experience. Kerr handles everything here being songwriter, producer and multi instrumentalist and creates a sound that references Radiohead, trip hop, dub and various electronic experimentalists, all the while maintaining that soulful and relaxed South Pacific vibe. Carefully crafted and put together, the record is full of lovely melodies, lazy rhythms and interesting soundscapes assembled mainly on an Akai MPC with Kerr adding minimal guitar, keyboards and bass. When vocals do appear they assume the same laidback attitude as the music. As Kerr himself says, this is "… the chill album for whatever day you need music to recover to" and that pretty much sums it up.