Peter Kris — Rim Of The World
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. The release includes an 8 song cassette and a zine that documents modern ruins as photographed by Peter Kris.
Each cassette will feature an original, one-of-a-kind instant film photograph cover. These photos were selected from a batch of one hundred shot over the course of a day in and around San Bernardino.
Peter Kris is the founding member of German Army.
— 8 song cassette
— Photography zine
— One of a kind cover art
— Digital download
Zine sold separately here.
"Guitar bliss, often with a covert twang, shivers freely. Reverb peels off notes like old lead paint, fostering desperation and heartache. Memories and longing for things you never had. While the ax wielding is clean as a whistle, plenty of electronic tremors are mixed through. Kris totally captures the essence of the modern day ghost town and a general 'what the fuck have we done?' vibe."
— Tabs Out
"The entire tone throughout Rim Of The World is a grand meandering river of strings flowing through a decaying world. Time has swept by and the pace of Peter's guitar work reflects adept skills gathered only by years of labor."
— Lost in a Sea of Sound
"Kris’ languid guitar rolls over the humid desert in waves, accompanied by the feedback and light electronics, like mosquitoes and bees. Beneath the clouds of static and loops of melody lie memories of an old idealized West, especially when the slow surf guitar picks a mournful tune."
— A Closer Listen
"Neat and elegant..."
"The songs bleed from one to the next, connected by a deep-seated feeling of loss and desperation. Kris has managed to convey a sense of despair with only the barest of musical devices — and it's all the more impactful for it. After hearing Rim of the World, you'll be moved and saddened by Kris' love, respect and sorrow for his beloved stomping grounds."
"Very much Lynchian in its dream state, Rim of the World is also starkly real... gritty, tear-soaked and hopeful."
— Tiny Mix Tapes