Rrose ‎– Artificial Light (1969-1909)



A, With All Faces Bleached Out 10:08
Worn/Scarred 8:12
White/Drip 4:30

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March 26, 2012
referencing Artificial Light (1969-1909), 12", SD 20
The mysterious Rrose secured perhaps the most potent release in Sandwell District's recent and glorious history with the thrillingly unrelenting sounds that permeated both sides of Merchant Of Salt. This was soon followed by the announcement that operations as we know it at Sandwell District HQ would soon halt, though the arrival of a new Rrose 12" means when exactly that might happen is anyone's guess. "With All Faces Bleached Out" simmers with clinical restraint, offering several movements in sound sculpture as the needle draws unerringly towards the runout groove. Firstly, arid mechanical textures undulate through the swampy surrounds of sub bass and rippling percussion, seemingly falling victim to the increasing sensation of sonic claustrophobia before emerging midway in the midst of sub aquatic bleepery, only to be dragged back down in the closing spectral moments. Soundwise, somewhere between "Primary Evidence" and the experimentations carried out on "Motormouth Variations". The pin pricking sensation continues with a sense of almost gleeful menace with the two Rrose productions on the flip, though both are pretty much in the shadow of the epic A Side. "White/Drip" has its atrabiliar charms all lined up though. The lapidary tones set right off from the get go meander between likeable melancholy and restrained buoyancy. As it's short, it's just as emotionally charged, dense. A great way to end yet another stellar release by Rrose!