The Keep is the solo project of Gothenburg-based Oliver Knowles, who combines his Indonesian heritage with a love for drones. Primer is a collection of drones, noise and rhythms influenced by the vibrancy and excitement of Spanish and Catalonian street festivals that take place in Barcelona each year, where the record was written.
Although the tracks on the release are instrumental, Knowles as a means to express intense personal feelings of anxiety or sadness created them. He used the tracks on Primer to manifest these ideas in a positive way, allowing a sort of personal catharsis. Born in Singapore, Knowles then lived in Indonesia until he was six and pays heritage to his Indonesian heritage on this EP by using samples of traditional Indonesian instruments, including a small Indonesian hand drum that his mother gave him years ago.