The Rouseau sound essentially melds soulful, introspective pop vocals with serious sub-bass and spacious synthesiser melodies. Salt has a strong feeling of simmering intimacy, like a mournful contemplation of love gone wrong. This is Roseau’s first record for the Big Dada label, and comes as a CD or as an LP.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 23 September 2015Just to prove that I ain’t no luddite, this is synthy but I like it. Kerry Leatham has already appeared on other people's records (Lapalux for example) but this is her solo debut. ‘Kids and Drunks’ (never a good combination is it?) is an early favourite and an example of why this works nicely. The synth work could come from an early Yazoo album but Leatham’s strained, soulful vocals are more modern day pop. Still, the two combine effectively in a song which has just that right level of melancholy: “it’s been nearly two years and when we meet still my chest aches”. Her laid back delivery reminds me a lot of Metronomy’s Joseph Mount. Elsewhere ’New Glass’ has a rapped delivery but still it’s really unusual -- the track tumbles down like a waterfall with vocal cut ups and humorous, inspired lyrical couplets. This is fun. There are many introspective moments to come; 'Florida’ is particularly nice. As synths bleep away Leatham relays a tale of driving away from home amongst sweeping vocal harmonies. ‘Grab’ meanwhile has guitars that are both chiming and choppy atop stuttery hip-hop beats. The template of the record rarely changes throughout -- it’s home made bleepery with soulful voice plenty of interesting moments. It’s like smooth modern pop inflected with the ear nagging sound sorcery used in more left field bands as varied as Grizzly Bear and Japan.
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