Review Summary: Not without direction. Naught without direction.
Rosetta enjoy a certain level of grey area where it comes to their titular display of post rock meets ambient metal music. More often than not the near suffocating presence of the band’s music is outlined by waves of sensual heaviness and intelligently displayed beautiful landscapes. Rosetta’s music did have some endearing flaws and the often misrepresentation of ideas only made the band more real, pressing on the foundations of what made A Determinism of Morality
and The Galilean Satellites
the band’s essential listening, even if the group struggled to define themselves within the world of post metal.
Fast forward back to the present and Rosetta challenge their listeners with an ambient, reimagined display of Utopioid
, wrapped up in a succinct thirty minute EP. Sower Of Wind
highlights (in quarters) the cardinal directions of the full-length’s more ambient parts, fleshing them out into a landscape of atmosphere. And while the band doesn’t consider this EP a companion to 2017’s Utopioid
there is an underlying symmetry of sound that shows Sower Of Wind
borrowing in minimal effort and saving grace. Rosetta’s 2019 EP doesn’t stand as tall as the band’s albums, running instead along a primordial, placid and swelling line of moods. Almost nothing about Sower Of Wind
is meant to shock or transform.
It’s pretty clear that Sower Of Wind
does exactly what it sets out to do, but it’s not exactly memorable for that reason. The differentiation between tracks is almost as minimal as the ambient instrumentalism and the little trinkets of piano notes does little to expand the notion that this is not supposed to be a companion release. Sure, Sower Of Wind
is expansive within its own run-time, but it’s highly unlikely to think that anyone will be putting this on repeat for years to come.