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Rosetta Just Released a New EP, Sower of Wind

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Rosetta are one of my favorite metal bands in part because they never fail to surprise me. Always pushing forward, ever-evolving, and consistently doing so with aplomb, you never know quite what you’re gonna get from Rosetta but it’s a guarantee it’ll be both interesting and good.

Their latest EP, Sower of Wind, is no exception. The EP is a companion record of sorts (even though the band says it “isn’t a companion record”) to their 2017 full-length Utopioid, taking the ambient backing tracks from that album, expanding upon those musical ideas and laying them into the same four-part cyclical structure. The band, obviously, can explain way better than I can [via Facebook]:

“Rosetta returned in 2017 with Utopioid, their sixth full-length album and most concept-driven work to date, an intersection of heaviness and beauty. Sower of Wind is a new EP built on soundscapes buried inside Utopioid – elements which the band thought deserved a fuller treatment. ‘Those soundscapes developed with a concept and a story in mind, but we decided to step back from them and see where they could lead when considered on their own terms,’ guitarist Matt Weed explains.

Sower of Wind isn’t a companion record to Utopioid per se, but shares the same four-part cyclic structure, referencing seasons, cardinal directions, times of day. Each track draws inspiration and source material from the corresponding quadrant of Utopioid, but uses it to tell a different story. It’s a more peaceful, primordial listen than its older brother, without vocals or percussion, drawing tension from the interplay of acoustic instruments and washed-out drones. It’s great turned up loud, and even better on headphones in the dark.

Sower of Wind was recorded at home in bits and pieces, through late 2017 and 2018. ‘It was mixed in part on tour, taking advantage of the fertile bed of ideas that comes with long- term close quarters, and the sleeplessness of non-stop transit. It’s a labor of love for us — very different from our normal sonic presentation, but equally representative of who we are (and who we’re becoming) as a band,’ Weed comments.”

Take a listen to Sower of Wind below; it’s very different from anything you’ve heard from Rosetta before, but that, I hope, has come to be expected (and I’m sure they’ll get back to rocking soon enough). The album is available now via Bandcamp for whatever price you feel like paying.

[via Metal Injection]

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