Rrose and Lucy
The Lotus Eaters II


3.0
good

Review

by Tristan Jones STAFF
February 11th, 2018 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In heaven, everything is fine.

Somewhere between catatonic and hazy, Rrose and Lucy find themselves reunited. With a sequel to their 2016 collaboration, we see them taking inspiration from Greek hero Odysseus’ encounter with an island of apathetic, narcotic-ingesting layabouts who emitted a contagious air of responsibility-shedding, threatening their voyage home. In short, if you’re an Ithacan on a mission, this music is best kept at arm’s distance. Techno artist Rrose (name derived from Marcel Duchamp’s feminine alter-ego) tends to occupy a realm of psychedelia and violent contemplation, feet planted; Lucy, by some contrast, toys with the mind elsewhere, always moving. As a pair, their concepts are meshed in The Lotus Eaters II.

This is evident in the track list, somewhat: song titles convey restlessness and discomfort, with eerie self-awareness tunnelling one’s vision on biological devolution, almost like the film Altered States. “Seeds of Discontent” begins with sinister drone, instantly betraying the motif (there’s really no question: this ends badly). Blue synths layer the body, which is soon hammered in a circular motion with questionable intentions for the mind / body / soul. Vegetation ensues. Things are a bit more lively elsewhere. “Inverted Limb” hits a four-on-the-floor beat, satisfyingly groovy in cadence. We see callbacks to The Lotus Eaters I, namely the theme of Dissociative Disorder, where we gradually seem to lose connectivity with our physical self.

The Lotus Eaters II suffers a bit, I think, in being too reminiscent. Granted, it is a sequel of sorts, but the sounds on their earlier effort were more intriguing, and the narrative a bit less streamlined. Sonically, they are distinct releases, but the thematic structure remains. Once you clue in, and the insidious veil lifts, the transportive quality is compromised. There you lie, strapped in, as you were. So, to their credit, the team takes things further psychologically despite the familiar setting. The final seconds of “Inverted Limb” convey a sobering paradox: the track sinks deep, yet the climbing synth work is a metaphor of ensuing danger. It’s like falling asleep via anaesthetic, watching your killer (saviour?) approach as your eyelids press.




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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2018


6676 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

http://eaux.ro/album/the-lotus-eaters-ii

i can't stay gone

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2018


23854 Comments


Nice work man

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Relinquished
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ayyy good shit Tristan

Check the new stroboscopic comp too

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2018


6676 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

worrd

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2018


23924 Comments


love u

Nikkolae
February 12th 2018


5395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dope af

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Gyromania
February 14th 2018


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Nice Eraserhead reference

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
February 14th 2018


6676 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

; *

gryndstone
February 28th 2018


1171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

last track is kool



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