Whether you’re an avid Sandwell District collector or just a fervent supporter of techno that leans to the hallucinogenic & experimental side; ‘Eating the Other’ from the enigmatic American producer Rrose has listeners eager to hear what will proceed his ‘Monad XVI’ EP from late last year.
Although the name is taken from a publication by social activist & author Bell Hooks, Rrose “borrowed the phrase from Hooks but I know that listeners would interpret it in their own ways. I like to choose phrases that conjure diverse associations, but are anchored to a reference point for those who want to dig deeper.”
Unlike previous EP’s, all three tracks on ‘Eating the Other’ can be considered benevolent to club surroundings. On the surface it appears that ‘Eating the Other’ is taking the listener a few levels deeper into his subconscious following Monad XVI however it was not a continuation of work. The throbbing pulse resonating through opener ‘Pentagons’ is peppered with sic fi chords & rapid fire wooden knocks. A2’s ‘Ammonia’ has a sub aquatic tone that delves into more psychedelic territory with eerie bubbles swirling through the listeners head providing the meaty structure to what is Rrose’s fifth release on his own Eaux imprint.
Your music delves deep into sensory perception & as you have once stated it’s “interplay between a meditative state & an oppressive state”. Where does this mindset draw from when you’re sitting in the studio?
I spend a lot of time in the studio listening, with eyes closed. I try to evaluate the experience from as many perspectives as possible to determine if the track is achieving the desired effect.
Would you say there is an ideal environment for the listeners to experience your music, live set or otherwise?
There is no ideal physical space, but I hope the listener(s) will give the music their full attention, whether they are in a club, a car, or at home wearing headphones.
B-side ‘Mirror’ sits around the weighty eleven minute mark; to use ‘journey’ as a description would misinterpret the tracks purpose as it circles around the conventional ‘build, peak, rebuild’ structure you would normally hear in longer techno productions.
Was that originally the intended duration or did you find the concept of the track was evolving whilst you were producing it?
The duration of each track tends to evolve as I work on it. Same is true for Mirror.
‘Eating the Other’ is released late May