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'Old Paradise Yard' 20 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG London, United Kingdom
Edition 1: Rothko, Yellow6, Darkroom
Dark bass movements and cinematic drone. A London-based ambient and bass project, Rothko was first formed in 1997 and has had several permutations, its continuous link being experimental musician and bassist Mark Beazley.
Beautiful, shimmering and blissful guitar treatments. Slow-motion, instrumental dreamland. Heavily reverbed, beautifully distorted guitars gracefully ascend, swoon and dip, freefall towards the earth, then catch themselves again, slowly tracing a complex and epic trail. Jon Attwood's all-instrumental compositions quietly arouse emptiness, void and the likeness of being.
Supreme soundscapes and emotive minimalism. Guitar but not guitar; synthesizers but not keyboards, Darkroom's music starts with improvisation and a distinctive approach to sound design, followed by disciplined editing and stop-motion studio craft. By turns beautiful and beautifully ugly, theirs is a very human music that always sounds 'played' not 'programmed', despite the technology that's essential for producing it.