Third album by De Rosa, containing 11 further tracks of their woozy, motoriked indie. They have a touch of gloom to them (see track titles ‘Prelude to Entropic Doom’ and ‘Fauster’), but there’s nowt wrong with that. Released by Mogwai’s Rock Action label, on CD and heavyweight vinyl (which includes a download code).
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You don't even need to look at the sleeve. From literally the first note you know these are Scottish. I can hear it in the voice but also the music, it just sounds Scottish but whereas fellow Scottish people the Twilight Sad make a Caledonian form of Joy Division, De Rosa look a bit further back towards Neu as their initial inspiration. That's not to say that this is a kraut feast, it's not really anything of the sort but you can hear it clearly in the rhythms. Opener 'Spectres' is a nice haunting slab of indie, building and pulsating but it's pleasantness can't prepare me for 'Lanes' which is an utter delight. This is superb, it takes Can's drummer and marries him to the Delgados melodic and just slightly lopsided pop. Cleanly produced, it twists and turns in such a way that it could disarm a man at five paces. Really good.
And so sets the scene for the album. They are less angular and angry than Twilight Sad but they are a fairly decent starting point. At times this is folky, they are unafraid to use a xylophone if need be, there's the mere suggestion of Fence records in tracks like 'Falling Water' but there is always something extra in there to keep it away from singer songwriter fayre, an interesting harmony or a reverbed piano. 'Prelude to Entropic Doom' references the twisty electric folk of the likes of Fotheringay and the album gets further into Wickerman territory than it's initial kraut pop might suggest.
Makes me want to go to Scotland.
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