Nyheter: Rome tillbaka med nytt album



19 januari nästa år är Rome tillbaka med nya albumet Hall of Thatch. I pressreleasen kan man läsa att Jerome Reuter, som han egentligen heter, den här gången gått ifrån tidigare skivors filosofiska, politiska och historiska spörsmål och i stället vänt siktet inåt, mot sig själv. Skivan beskrivs ta upp personliga och allmänmänskliga ämnen och tankar kring varat, intet, det mänskliga tillståndet, och detta inom en metafysisk och transcendental kontext. Inspirationen sägs komma från en resa Jerome gjorde till Vietnam för några år sedan. Där kom han i kontakt med buddismen och med ett folk som stirrade utplånandet i vitögat för mindre än 50 år sedan. Men Jerome är noga med att poängtera att han inte nått något högre tillstånd, att det hela är en ständigt pågående resa: ”The album is not the peaceful end product of that peaceful being that you eventually want to become, but it focuses the struggle that leads to this point. We obviously tend to have difficulties in letting go. On the album I try to make this negotiation along the journey from one state to another audible. Where am I, who am I, what would I like to be, what must I surrender to achieve this?…//…It’s not the peak of the holy mountain, merely the base camp. That’s all I can sing about, because I’ve not yet been any further.”

Musikaliskt jämförs soundet på skivan med idel mörkermän såsom Swans, Wovenhand och Neurosis-sångaren Steve Von Till och dennes kriminellt förbisedda soloalster. ”Rome’s basic sound has always been massive, but on none of the project’s previous albums was it ever so dark and powerful as on ‘Hall of Thatch’. Reuter grants rays of light here and there, but admits that this time there is no escape. This is not music that you can just flop down to. Rome compares it to being thrown into some satanic barrel organ, where you are never able to come out of it unscathed.”

Första singeln Blighter släpps på fredag, 24/11.

På söndag 26/11 och måndag 27/11 agerar Rome förband åt ThåströmCirkus i Stockholm.

Hall of Thatch släpps 19/1 på Trisol Music Group. Kort därpå, 25/1, inleds en Europa-turné på Babel i Malmö. Fullständiga datum här.


Bild hämtad härifrån.


My latest purchase: Rome – The Hyperion Machine


In August Jerome Reuter, a.k.a. Rome, released his ninth full length album, and let me tell you, it is his best, so far.

Taking its name from a novel by Friedrich HölderlinThe Hyperion Machine is Reuter at his darkly romantic and windswept best. Unlike his past albums The Hyperion Machine is not based on/tied to a specific theme. This makes the album feel more personal, which in turn makes the listening experience more powerful. Don’t get me wrong – All of the Rome albums are more or less great, but this is Rome looking inwardly and in the process moves from great to sublime.

From the depiction of Louis-Ferdinand Celines disoriented wanderings in Jerusalem (You’re wandering the world meaning no harm, finding no peace…) on Celine in Jerusalem, to the defiant post-punk farewell to bitter blood and lovers of old on Transference, to the crushingly gorgeous Adamas, about the loss of faith in a world that is crumbling to pieces all around you (And you wonder is that God out to help you now? But he is gone…).

But the track that really does it for me is Stillwell, a duet with Thåström. When has impossible love ever sounded this desolately stunning? Jag stannar min tid här, vid din källa. Shimmering, atmospheric, frail. For five minutes time actually stops. Then the track fades out and my trembling finger reaches for the repeat button.

Finishing off the album is a cover of Thåströms classic lost-love-ballad Fanfanfan. A venture like this could very easily go tits up, but Reuter avoids the common pitfalls of clumsy frame-by-frame literal translations and karaoke arrangements, and creates his very own version, while still retaining the heart wrenching sentiment of the original. And he sings the chorus in Swedish!

This beautiful mix of neo-folk, post-punk and ambience and atmospheres is the album of the year, so far. Buy it on CDON, Amazon or Fantotal. Or listen to it on Spotify.