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New Vinyl Releases From ROME

ROME: Käferzeit Vinyl
ROME: Käferzeit Vinyl

ROME: Käferzeit Vinyl

Käferzeit” – the time of beetles, is the first instalment in a series of releases featuring exclusively martial ambient material and “industrial” collages, partially reminiscent of earlier ROME works such as “Hate Us and See if We Mind” (2013), “A Passage to Rhodesia” (2014) or parts of the “Die Aesthetik der Herrschaftsfreiheit” trilogy (2011).

 ROME: Käferzeit Vinyl

Whereas ROME’s oeuvre usually features lots of guitar work, “Käferzeit” focuses on complex industrial loops, unconventional Bruitist arrangements and instrumental ambient collages.

The images evoked by these martial soundscapes (mostly made of restored period audio material and found sounds)  transport us back to Europe’s blood-drenched past, when ideologies were still battling each other to the death on European soil.

Images of armoured creatures digging foxholes in a landscape ravaged by war; of the futility of defending trenches against murderous incursions, as shells tear bodies apart, souls apart.

• Black 180g 12″ vinyl
• Mastered specially for vinyl
• High quality, super-audiophile disc – German pressing!
• Sturdy cardboard sleeve
• Reverse board printed cover
• Black inner sleeves with antistatic lining
• Postcard
• Hand-numbered by Jérôme Reuter
• Personally signed by Jérôme Reuter
• Strictly limited to 500 copies

 

ROME: Flowers from Exile Japanese 2LP Vinyl

 ROME: Flowers from Exile Japanese 2LP Vinyl

Text from 2009:

Into the heart… With ‘Flowers from Exile’, the Luxembourgish folk formation ROME surpass their work to date, which already includes three full-length albums in just a few years.

Just as early releases were apocalyptic and aggressive in nature, the expressionistically-tinged CD ‘Masse Mensch Material’ (2008) could be said to have a revealed inner vision. ROME’s universe was expanded by proud resignation and sweet melancholy.

The latest album, ‘Flowers from Exile’ (2009) goes a step further in this direction. Similar to the early albums of the legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen, stories from the (inner) exile are told here with fatalistic gestures and dark timbre; of the longing for a lost homeland, of loneliness and eternal travels, but also of unexpected friends far away and the actual homeland in your own heart.

Songs such as ‘The Secret Sons of Europe’ or ‘To Die Among Strangers’ (which was previously released as a CD single) form a song cycle full of metaphors for estrangement – the poetry of longing.

Highly detailed arrangements use the sound of the flamenco guitar as well as mysterious samples, pulsating beats and sad melodies.

In ROME’s songs there lives a stoic sense of the melodramatic. As well as Cohen, one must look to icons such as Tom Waits and late Johnny Cash in order to be able to describe the lyrics and voice of Jerome Reuter.

Flowers from Exile’ is just as much an emotional as a critical work. The personally stamped album of a modern singer-songwriter which tells of journeys both within and without.

Jerome Reuter’s moving vocals and Patrick Damiani’s complex musical arrangements leave the musical roots of folk far behind and send these ‘flowers from exile’ to all listeners who are willing and capable of feeling the dignity, the hope and the pride behind the lyrics and who are prepared to recognise themselves in those restless spirits whom the twelve part song cycle conjures up. Into the heart…

• White 180g 2×12″ vinyl
• With expanded original artwork
• All graphics in a large format that does the imagery justice
• Gatefold sleeve
• Inner sleeves printed in colour
• Vinyl labels printed in colour
• Bonus vinyl containing the rare “To Die Among Strangers” mini-album
• Postcard
• Hand-numbered by Jérôme Reuter
• Personally signed by Jérôme Reuter
• Strictly limited to 500 copies


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