This is the album that might have been. It almost was. It sort of has-been. On one level, it’s been out for a few months now but there’s been some slippage. Exotic Pylon imploded, it seems; I’m not exactly sure what happened - they were one of my favourite labels. But... no one could get hold of the album. It didn't appear in places you might have expected. It existed as a kind of benevolent rumour, a ROC-tease, an in-joke. People said nice things about it if they managed to hear it, people were very kind.
R.O.C. attempts to understand the frequencies of all manner of things, blending folk and glitch, noise, drone and electronica, alongside spoken word and even some happy little slices of 90s rave, ambient and 4th World trance.
Ted Hughes duets with my three year old munkin, Jung and Stockhausen don’t really get on, drones are made from the amplified hums of surrealist films. Max Ernst’s Loplop plays with Bertrand Russell, Descartes paints rainbows, ASMR artists vie for attention with sinister hypnotists, pretty Christmas songs and ancient folk hiccups. It’s all a bit sidereal, if we could remember what that really meant...
It's due out on 14th February 2015, though will probably be available a little before then and makes for an ideal Valentine's gift for all your loved ones.
There's a buy it now button to your right... How about treating everyone you know?
The first 50 copies will come with a free badge, specially designed by 2ndFade.
The IX Tab universe spills out into a completely redesigned 16 page booklet stuffed full of esoteric ephemera, psychogeographical details and quite possibly incorrect assumptions about the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685. The cover by 2ndFade is a minor triumph, even if he says so himself. R.O.C. ought to be regarded as an escapee, a phoenix without flames. It is here now in a form it has never taken. The track lost from the original release - A Tricyclic Race - has been reintroduced in its proper place.
A Drunken Bone (Of Chrome)
I M Wh U Mk Ov M
A Wasp in the Queen's Skull
St James & The 28 Pieces
A Tricyclic Race
The Sutton Wytch Found-Fox
The Sweet Track
A Prayer to the Head
Blowm (For Alan Turing)