NEKKED | A Barrier of Skin

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A Barrier of Skin

by NEKKED

NEKKED's "A Barrier of Skin" will leave you jaw-dropped, ecstatic, dancing and in tears. Strong, gritty and soaring songwriting. As a reviewer put it, "thank God for honesty in music."
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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1. Breathe
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2. A Boy Can Dream
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3. Feeling No Pain
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4. Sos
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5. How Come You Don't Love Me
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6. Sleeping With the Lights On
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7. Wave That Takes Me Under
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8. Ashes to Ashes
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9. The Boxer
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10. Three Days
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Daniel Lee

Great Band, Wonderful Men
Every good thing written here about JC and Mike is true, although their generosity, to me, is greater. Whilst living in America, I started a foundation for equal rights in Nashville, Tennessee, and these two gentlemen played - for free - during my first event.
When some people say a band puts their feeling and heart into its music, I can say that literally. Their music, like their actions, are uplifting, motivating, and feel-good.
Thank you again, JC and Mike, for what you did for me, and for listeners who enjoy your unique, enjoyed work.

Kirk Kupensky

The First Significant Release of 2007!!
Nekked’s “A Barrier of Skin” is the astonishing debut CD by two extraordinarily talented men. Like U2’s “The Joshua Tree”, this CD reaches classic status on first listen. Their original songs are a gorgeous combination of spirit and sexy, acoustic-meets-electronic storytelling sung through two beautiful male voices. Then there are the covers—first ABBA’s “SOS”. A Seventies dance tune becomes an unplugged, haunting love song in their deft hands. Paul Simon’s “The Boxer” becomes a post punk bump-and-grind guaranteed to make you move in your chair while singing at the top of your lungs. Personally, I’m still haunted by “Sleeping With the Lights On”, the pair’s tribute to slain college student Mathew Shephard. The music is dreamy and dark, coupled with equally dark lyrics, yet the song is full of such hope and celebration of the life lived that by the end, you can’t help but sing along with all of your strength--even while fighting back your tears. Rarely has such a musical landscape been traversed so successfully. Well done, JC and Sinn!!

Folks, don’t miss this CD. Listen, and find out for yourselves why these guys are such a hit on the east coast!

Jed Ryan

NEKKED: A BARRIER OF SKIN
NEKKED: A BARRIER OF SKIN: A Review

It's tempting to assume that a band called Nekked, with a debut album named "A Barrier of Skin", may have some ripe intentions of using their sex appeal or maybe some orgasmic grooves to sell records. However, we soon learn-- the impressive physical attributes of the two members of Nekked notwithstanding--that the sound of "A Barrier of Skin" is more "karma" than "karnal" (sic), more soul than body. Nekked-- JC Faust and Michael Flyte (AKA JC and Sinn) don't even appear on the front cover art of their album, opting for a cryptically religious image. Much of their first album, starting with Track 1, "Breathe" (the band's calling card), features an ethereal, dreamy, almost otherworldly sound, evoking Gregorian chant-- with grand and soaring vocals to flawlessly match the music. No artist could perform in this style unless they possessed not only the voice skills, of course, but also an underlying sense of, shall we say, "understanding" that comes with music that has any ! level of spiritual depth. "A Boy Can Dream" continues in much of the same vein as "Breathe", with an undercurrent of stimulating melodies layered throughout. Once you get seduced into the essence of their sound, the next thing that strikes us-- especially with repeated listenings-- are the lyrics. It's clear that on "A Barrier of Skin", the duo are equating spiritual Xanadu (or, perhaps, the search for spiritual Xanadu) with romantic ecstasy (or, again, the search for romantic ecstasy). "Feeling No Pain" pushes the duo's vocals to the forefront, as does Nekked's searing, stripped-down cover of ABBA's "S.O.S." ("So when you're near me, darling can't you hear me, S.O.S.; The love you gave me, nothing else can save me, S.O.S.; When you're gone, How can I even try to go on?") which takes a very different turn from the original. Featuring only guitar and vocals, the haunting and vulnerable sound of Nekked's version is arguably closer to the intent of the song's lyrics than the pop-tarted version that made it to #10 on the US charts back in 1976. It's on "Feeling No Pain" and "S.O.S." that we first realize that JC and Sinn have an impressive synergy when they sing together. "How Come You Don't Love Me", the first song on "A Barrier of Skin" performed with complete abandon, features a bona fide rock spirit, unrestrained vocals, and aggressive guitar work. Add some playfully dirty lyrics like "Don't bring me hangups, no STDs; Don't bring me anything, that ain't just like me; Yeah you know without a doubt, if I could do myself you know I'd never leave the house!", and it's clear that this pair is clearly having fun with this song. It gives the listener a hint-- for those who haven't had the privilege of seeing Nekked "in the flesh"-- of what the band can do live on stage. "Ashes to Ashes" continues the style of "Breathe" and "A Boy Can Dream", and seems to be a Nekked's musical plea to a higher power for greater understanding of the meaning of life. "The Wave that Takes Me Under" has the feel of a frenetic train ride. For this one, JC and Sinn's vocals take on the youthful angst of a British boy from an 80's new wave song, and the passengers on that fast-moving train become a background chorus. It's intense but not overly self-indulgent, and possibly the most radio-friendly song on the album. Speaking of radio-friendly, "A Barrier of Skin" concludes with "Three Days", an uplifting finale for an inspiring debut. If "The Wave that Takes Me Under" evokes a speeding train, "Three Days" is an idyllic summertime ride though a coastal town with your amoureux, with the top down on the car. The feel of this infectious tune is more in the vein of young, easy love (Think of the kind of crush you may have had on someone when you were a teenager) rather than feverish romanticism. Or, perhaps young, easy love leading up to feverish romanticism.
The boldest track on this album is Nekked's electro-industrial version of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer". Nekked's version is not so much a remake but rather a hard-hitting reinterpretation, which climaxes with the musical equivalent of a storm of fireworks. It just sounds larger than life, yet the underlying simple message remains pretty much the same. "How dare they!", some purists may be thinking. How can they metamorphose a classic which has been branded into pop culture since 1968? Well, that's the point. When you put "A Barrier of Skin" on for a spin, you're listening to a revolution in progress...

Jed Ryan
PM Entertainment Magazine

David Kutz

Sum it up in 10 words or less? OK, WOW!!!
How can I even attempt to follow the review that Kirk left, there is really nothing left to say. The music is great, I love all the songs. If I had to pick a Fav, it would have to be "Breathe", but I can't really single out just one song. And as I've told you before, "How Come You Don't Love Me" is just one fun song!