This disc is a compilation of Rosy Parlane material produced in 1997. Tracks 1 to 6 are taken from three 7" singles, self released in editions of thirty over October, November and December 1997. Track 7 is an excerpt from a live performance in Sydney, March 1997, previously unreleased.
The fullness and intricacy of sound characterizing the Parlane one man band is manufactured through a combination of sample-loops, pianos, guitars, turntables and other electro-acoustic means. The disc is dominated by a sense of perpetual introduction and its potency derives from the possibility of a climax, which apparently never comes. Its sound emanates in an unbroken flow with an even-handed repetition. This encourages a meditative mode of listening, allowing concentration on details and transfiguration of patterns.
It is better when speaking of Parlane's work to resist the temptations of analogy and metaphor, since in the music itself the many allusions are always fleeting and immersed in a coherent whole. The expression of wonderment which arises through the tracks leaves one feeling that Parlane is engaged in the aesthetics of a musical utopianism. However this utopian mood slips into melancholy on occasion, and in the end the critical and self-conscious dimension becomes evident. Parlane's relationship to beauty in music ruminates on this very relationship, and allows its audience to do the same.
- Anna Sanderson, 1998
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