Rosetta Stream New EP Terra Sola

  • Axl Rosenberg

Oh, man. I bet you thought we were only getting one new Rosetta EP this year (that would be Sower of Wind). Fair assumption… but incorrect! The Philadelphia post-metal quintet have just dropped a second EP, Terra Sola. As I write this, I’ve yet to even complete my first listen to the release — the title track alone is eleven minutes, cut me some slack — so I’ll just let the band tell you what to expect:

“After completing an incredible 2-year, 36-country, 200-show touring cycle in support of ‘UTOPIOID,’ Rosetta returns with a new EP: ‘TERRA SOLA.’ Breathing more freely outside the structure of an album, the title track layers a multitude of moods, its cinematic sweep hearkening back to Rosetta deep cuts like ‘TMA-3’ and ‘So Warm a Solitude.’ At the same time, it explores new textures and new conceptual ground, connecting the human themes of ‘Utopioid’ with questions about the future of the planet and our people on it.

“‘TERRA SOLA’ also features two brand-new ‘chamber’ tracks, connected in concept but showcasing the quieter and more intimate sonic incarnation of Rosetta. ‘57844’ mines the harmonic structures of ‘UTOPIOID’’s ‘54543’ for new sounds and meanings, while the instrumental ‘Where Is Hope?’ merges gentle acoustic guitar and lo-fi electronica, rare sounds in the Rosetta catalog.

“As always, this is a completely independent, pay-what-you-wish release.”

I can say, as I enter minute seven of the title track, that so far I love what I’m hearing. There’s a good reason Rosetta have been MS faves for so long.

Stream the EP, or just go ahead and buy it here.

[via Invisible Oranges]

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