ROM – Foot Signal

ROM – Foot Signal
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The New York and Miami based duo ROM deliver this LP with twelve wildly energetic instrumental pieces. On "Foot Signal", we hear Roberto Carlos Lange's and Matt Crum's results of year-long sessions with broken instruments and tape machines.


Despite having been recorded over the span of three years, and in various locations in different cities, ROM’s “Foot Signal” effort is an entirely cohesive sonic outing.
That they used mostly broken instruments throughout the process only reinforces that soundscape they sought to create. That they played them even with their feet as the title reveals gives us a slight visual hint at the anarchy of the sessions.
Could they have used an organ that stayed in tune? Probably. But taping its keys down and pressing record in hopes to document something at all usable is part of the random fabric that makes ROM’s music so incredibly transcendent.

Largely recorded with Will Loftin at Shangri-la Studios in Atlanta, Roberto C. Lange and Matt Crum captured scores of live improvised sessions onto two-inch tape. The two also set up shop in apartments, studios, and storage units in Miami, Savannah, New York - even Jeremy Lemos’s Chicago studio to try and document the inspiration they felt lurking. The sessions were then labored over at home studios, shared over the Internet, processed and reorganized until this collection of twelve wildly captivating instrumental pieces emerged. Foot Signal's tracks have been released on a limited CD through WIMM in Japan in the past years. It has now been cut onto vinyl at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin for the first time.

Artwork by Paul Coors.

Reviews

"... an organically forward-thinking combination" (Pitchfork)

"... ROM construye en Foot Signal uno de los álbumes instrumentales más emocionantes y destacables en lo que va de 2012" (Panamérika)

"Mismanaged funk and elephant-footed circus music rub elbows
with breezy, ten-cent dance pop"
(Igloo Mag)

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