Sunset To Sunrise contains the first completely new compositions by Rothko since 2007 s Eleven Stages Of Intervention on the Bip_H0p label. In the intervening years, the group have toured extensively in France and the UK, and they have also been spending time concentrating on their own projects; Ben and Tom Page [electronics and drums] with their group RocketNumberNine [fresh from a tour with Fourtet], Mark Beazley with his own solo work and Michael Donnelly [bass] with Ben Page as Elite Barbarian. Recorded over two weekends in late 2009 with original Rothko member Crawford Blair at the controls, and with nothing written in advance, the idea was to go back to the source, press the record button, and just play. Based around the notion of the passage of time from the setting to the rising of the sun, the five resulting tracks perfectly capture the live essence of the group; dark, heavy, expansive and intense. Released on Rothko founder Mark Beazley s own Trace Recordings label, Sunset To Sunrise is a taster for the next Rothko album, scheduled, again on Trace, for late 2010.
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