On Exile the mysterious Rose blends dark ambient soundscapes with minimal drone and even some melancholic techno. This cassette from Constellation Tatsu comes with some lovely packaging and is a strong dose of raw and lonely electronica made without any fuss or fanfare and perfect for a winter night.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 15 November 2016
Rose plumbs the waters and… goes deep house.... as one quarter of the latest Constellation Tatsu batch, providing the furthest outing afield in the bunch. ‘Exile’ is still a CSTatsu traditional, in that it passes through you and nullifies your anxieties -- but it’s also a bit of a surprise, suspending its ambient swirl of an intro for a four to the floor beat over a pretty piano figure. Get ready to very slightly dance?
This house is distinctly Tatsu, in that it feels a little new age and exists next to beatless, droning interludes. “Exile” bottles its beat up so that only its distant stomp can be heard, recalling an Echocord discipline mixed with the melodic desperations of Giegling -- there’s proper, pretty sounds to be heard overtop, even if they can barely scrape their way there.
Aside: Rose makes good ambient music. It’s there behind the curtain of fog on the beautifully still “Marble”, and it’s brooding plus twinkling between deified vocals on “Motlow”. By the time you get to “Gate” -- essentially a club banger heard by ears filled with bathwater -- you’ll wonder if you bought some tape-condensed copy of that Gas boxset.
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