Jessamine

A 3 track minimal/glitch single (48m 50s) — released November 27th 2006 on Touch
Rosy Parlane [NZ]'s previous album for Touch, 'Iris' [2004] was hailed as a masterpiece by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist, John Frusciante, who wrote: "...it’s such an incredible, beautiful energy inside of it that to me, it sounds like listening to a great pop record or a great rock record or a great classical record or whatever." With 'Jessamine', Rosy develops these themes, and continues to incorporate new musical elements from unconventional as well as orchestral instrumentation. To him, everything is an instrument: from household objects to nature sounds. But it is the human element which gives his work such a distinctive sound. Ranging from ambient to noise, he gives full rein to textures of living; to start, languid and mournful; later harsh and assertive. 'Jessamine' is a magnificent follow-up to a classic Touch debut.

"Jon Wozencroft's impeccable photography and design packages Rosy Parlane's 'Iris' inside a predominantly blue package, inextricably linking the music to the emotional resonance of the colour... He flushes his soundfields with cascades of digital fragments which he separates into two distinct compositional categories. On the one hand, Parlane stretches sounds from guitar, piano and organ into unrecognisable drones that swell into dense layerings, every once in a while coalescing into fluttering half-melodies. On the other, he emphasises the textural qualities of those digital fragments, simulating the natural acoustics of ice crackling from trees in winter or the gentle patter of rain on a windowsill. When fusing these together by placing the textures against the backdrop of the drone, Parlane effectively builds pointillist sound environments with a profoundly human melancholia." - Jim Haynes The Wire

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