18 August 2015


spring break 2015, edition of 100

another brilliant tape from PETER KRIS, this one going above and beyond previously rec'd SPRAWL AND SKY, displaying exponential development and refinement of a jaw droppingly gorgeous sound, further marginalizing his aggressive post industrial tendencies as founding member of GERMAN ARMY, going all in on a dynamic ambient style driven by rich reverb drenched guitar informed by ROY MONTGOMERY and WINDY & CARL overlapping ENO's AMBIENT 4 and APOLLO, with a distinct desert(ed) loner theme alternating serenity and despair as documented by SPRING BREAK's write up and the accompanying photo booklet --

There is a massive region in Southern California, just east of Los Angeles, that’s known as the Inland Empire. Comprised of two of the biggest counties in the nation, Riverside and San Bernardino, the 27,000 mile spread is a dramatic mix of wealth-driven development and hopeless decline.

Prospering communities, such as Redlands and Rancho Cucamonga, border economic failures like the City of San Bernardino. And beyond these suburban dwellings exists an entire landscape of dying cities that are fast becoming ghost towns.

As the cost of living in Los Angeles continues to rise, a number of former Angelinos are seeking refuge in the lower income areas within the Inland Empire, specifically San Bernardino County.

The population in this area has surpassed 2 million. As that number continues to grow, job opportunities dwindle. City budgets have been cut, public services have been limited and most residents struggle to make a living. The only things not in decline are crime rates and the population of homeless and the discarded mentally ill.

Peter Kris has lived in this region most of his life. He’s dedicated himself to exploring the vast landscape in an effort to photograph and document what’s left of the forgotten and crumbling infrastructure before it vanishes.

Rim Of the World is a sonic and visual documentation of this decline and disintegration.