An overwhelmingly deep journey into the soul of the band itself. An inverted masterpiece of lush and dark ambient/post-rock with unfurling melancholic guitars and warm piano sparsely placed throughout. This album is just as immersive and fraught with emotion as their heavier works.
Favorite track: South.
„Sower of Wind“ isn’t a companion record to Utopioid per se, but shares the same four-part cyclic structure, referencing seasons, cardinal directions, times of day. Each track draws inspiration and source material from the corresponding quadrant of Utopioid, but uses it to tell a different story. It’s a more peaceful, primordial listen than its older brother, without vocals or percussion, drawing tension from the interplay of acoustic instruments and washed-out drones. It’s great turned up loud, and even better on headphones in the dark.
„Sower of Wind“ was recorded at home in bits and pieces, through late 2017 and 2018. „It was mixed in part on tour, taking advantage of the fertile bed of ideas that comes with long- term close quarters, and the sleeplessness of non-stop transit. It’s a labor of love for us — very different from our normal sonic presentation, but equally representative of who we are (and who we’re becoming) as a band“, Weed comments.
Formed in Philadelphia in 2003 as a four-piece, ROSETTA‘s first two albums pulled together elements from 90s hardcore, drone, doom, and atmospheric sludge metal. Informed as much by the minimal soundscapes of STARS OF THE LID as by the pulverizing weight of GODFLESH, the band’s compositions had a spaced-out, exploratory feel, appropriately dubbed “metal for astronauts.” 2010’s „A Determinism of Morality“ moved on from celestial themes, focusing on increased melodic sophistication while honing a confrontational urgency.
In 2013, ROSETTA embraced their newfound independence with the self-funded, pay-as- you-wish album „The Anaesthete“, which marked their greatest success so far, recouping costs in 24 hours and remaining the top-selling release on Bandcamp for nearly a month. 2015’s „Quintessential Ephemera“, ROSETTA’s first effort as a five-piece, received widespread critical and audience acclaim.
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These sounds are organic outgrowths of latent ideas from each of the four parts of Utopioid. Thank you for having an open mind.
released January 4, 2019
On this recording:
Mike Armine – Sampling
Eric Jernigan – Guitars, piano, Rhodes, synths
Matt Weed – Guitars, bass, piano, synths
Recorded September 2017 to October 2018 at home in Philadelphia
Engineered and mixed by Matt Weed
Mastered by Nathan Moody at Obsidian Sound
Art direction and design by Jordan Butcher for Studio Workhorse
Vinyl and CD versions available from Pelagic Records.
Appreciation: Robin, Paul, & everyone at Pelagic, Jordan, Nathan, Austin/r beny, The Ocean, Kimi/Tokyo Jupiter, our partners and families, and the newly-vegan Honest Tom's Taco Shop.