15 February 2019
“From different parts of the world, Berlin attracts lonely and wounded hearts to let them
wander in the labyrinth of its streets. In this maze, as if by the will of a chance, the paths
of the four members of JANIS crossed, leading them from Spain, Israel, Cologne and Leipzig
into a basement studio in the north of the city. There in the scenery reminding a still from the movie Wings Of Desire the album ‘CLOSER THAN MY SKIN‘ was recorded and mixed. Through its six songs the album explore themes of mental instability, loss, love – desired but impossible
and alienation. Musically the album offers a journey through atmospheric, slightly psychedelic landscapes while incorporating such a different elements as soothing folk and violent bluesy post-punk. Despite the overall dark tone there is always a ray of hope, a bright spot that indicates that the songs do not mean to depress but rather help to cope with times of
personal crisis, be therapeutic and encouraging”.
The above press statement of JANIS‘ debut record says enough, if not all. Here’s a band that explores existential emotions that have a stirring impact on heart and soul. Delicate experiences that influence humankind’s perception of its reality, of its being. Aurally this foursome balances between gloominess and melancholia. Between Thindersticks‘ darkish vulnerability (‘A Moment Of Weakness’), Einstürzende Neubauten‘s spellbinding neuroticism (‘In Limbo‘ / ‘Alexander‘) and Peter Murphy‘s gothic ardency (‘Like And Repost‘) with frontman Boris Kaplunovich‘s twilight vox and the overall shadowy melodiousness as an essential part of Janis‘ sonic identity. Dramatic, transfixing and haunting. Dim the lights, sit back, relax and discover the profound sensitivity for yourself, right here…