Rosen & Spyddet make music that is quite remarkably bright sounding, given the standards of most of Posh Isolation’s tightly-tailored bleak aesthetic. Instead, Fortuna shines and shimmers, tracing the bright summers of youth but with the melancholy undercurrent that comes with remembering a lost past.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 June 2015
After you’ve just listened to Michael Head and the Strands then anything regardless of genre is going to sound like a piss in a puddle. Rosen & Spyddet make bright, dreamy synth music which if i were working for the Wire would use hypnagogic as the least long word in the review. It has that grainy feel that is so much used and it’s no wonder that previous releases have been on tape. They use terrible pre-80’s drum machine rhythms and slather synths on top. Strangely some of the tracks recall instrumental versions of ‘80’s synth pop with all the tuneful synth intact. When they tone things down on the gorgeous ‘Fortuna’ they sound like a Ryuichi Sakamoto armed only with a synth. Most of the tracks however are beat-driven, with early Madonna styled keyboards fed through a watery filter.
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