Rusty, the solitary album by Kentucky math-rock/punks Rodan, was released in April 1994, sealing the band as an important influence in how alternative rock has evolved since. A quarter of a century later, this collection demos Hat Factory ‘93 - laid down in a studio of the same name in Baltimore - emerges. Four of Rusty’s six tracks are present, plus a song named ‘Exoskeleton’.
Rodan’s very influential Rusty LP here. While this may be the Kentucky band’s only full-length record (we’re not counting 2013’s odds-and-sods collection Fifteen Quiet Years), the fusion of technicality and power on the tracks here still exerts a strong influence on the worlds of post-hardcore and math-rock. People often write the words Slint and Spiderland in close proximity to Rusty, and there’s a reason for that.
This is the first Rachel's album and I remember thinking at the time "why are these former members of Rodan and Hulahoop playing classical music"? I didn't understand back then what it was but I knew I liked it. Then came 'Music For Egon Schiele' and it was obvious something quite special was going on. But this is where it started - totally beautiful, unique music that is here to stay.
Music For Egon Schiele, the second LP from the influential chamber music group Rachel’s, was first released in 1996 on Quarterstick Records. This set was conceived to score a play about the famous painter, and as such there is a fitting classical stateliness to these compositions. Brahms and Ravel are brought to mind across Music For Egon Schiele.