Rodinia continues JJ Whitefield's exploration of krautrock themes by pulling himself away from the lure of lengthy ambient vacuums, instead focusing on shorter songs a la Neu or Harmonia, so expect greater focus & condensed atmosphere this time around. With Now-Again curating and art by Jason Jagel (of DOOM cover fame), this is sure to be a gem that'll hypnotise for many trips to come.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 September 2017
I'm so sorry. In these days of click bait we want to be the place where you can find out about the sort of new music that you may not see written about on the blogs. Try to get a record reviewed. Go on, you have my sympathy. No-one gives a shit unless it's something they can tweet about like Beyonce or whatever. So I'm trying this morning to cover as much music as I can in the slither of time allocated. Why write such a stupid long and whiny intro then? I know. It's pathetic but I'm just allowing myself enough time to get my head around this.
It's an oddball collection of sounds that is said to be influenced by Neu and Faust but takes a much shorter but more oblique path. These are strange compositions driven by that classic kraut drum sound but instead of propulsive music that sweeps along it has a kind of dubby feel with underwater synths burbling away and strange otherworldly effects. It takes a long time for anything easy on the ear to come into play but when it does it's worth the waiting around. 'Neusi' has twinkling guitars and motorik rhythms overlaid by simple guitar solo's all of which recalls early Kraftwerk before they became robots. An interesting an thoughtful take on the genre.
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