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I haven't encountered Rooie Waas before and the press release offers precious little clues as to their identity or intentions so I'm going in cold on this one.
What I'm discovering on the LP is a succession of percussive passages of experimental post-punk electronic "pop" with hissed, repetitive vocals and weird grooves made from drum machines and crazy electronic bleeps and bloops and squeals which repeat on themselves. I don't know what the guy is going on about, maybe he's complaining about the rich cunts and they're kind of a Dutch version of Sleaford Mods, maybe he's praising his dark lord Satan, I just don't know.
It's quite a hard-hitting aesthetic they're pushing though. There's aspects of industrial music here but structured into weird bare-bones pop songs which have an almost hip-hop feel due to their focus on melody over rhythm. There are some instruments on here like the "cacophonator" and the "weird sound generator" along with synths and programmed drums, so the only "organic" sound you're hearing is the vocals and it's a bit like the machines have woken up and taken over playing the music sometimes, in stilted layers of fluttering, screaming, crackling madness. I for one welcome our new robot overlords.
8/10 dwaz Customer review, 20th February 2014
Now this is something else; something serious, something that can consider itself (in a light hearted moment) art. Something that can consider itself out there, and relevant and f*ck*ng on the nail; though I’d wager most people who hear Nu will try to dismiss this band’s work in an irritated “no time for this” manner. But that’s fine. Because Rooie Waas are taking on taboos and making their own slapdash, scratchy, annoying, onNederlands and human take on things. Rooie Waas have made something that the Dutch music world may not like. They’ve made an album that people have to think about. Regardless of the “language barrier” you need to get this.
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