Review of Rodion G.A. Behind The Curtain–The Lost Album From Spex on 20th October 2014



More than receptacles for the drawer: On Behind The Curtain – The Lost Album of the Romanian band Rodion GA require analog devices the freedom that was not granted to the musicians

As this country is known little about Eastern European music in general and the work of the Cold War in particular, one notices at the latest when the works of these artists will be re-released without warning. The Lost Tapes of the Romanian musician Rodion Ladislau Roşca and his band Rodion GA were such a case last year. Suddenly there was an electronic music where it was fast with buzzwords like Krautrock and psychedelic at hand, at the same time but a very unique, different look at the history of experimental music allowed – as a post by “behind the curtain”.

Behind The Curtain is because even the programmatic title of Rodion GAs Lost Album, with the image of the band is rounded, which worked at the time of the Ceauşescu regime under difficult conditions. The belated reception can not be explained merely by the sealed-off situation of the Eastern Bloc, but above all by the fact that Rodion GA could hardly publish in Romania. The musical activity was limited to smaller performances and recordings for the drawer.

Thus, the resulting Multi-track pieces of Behind The Curtain, are following a similar approach are like The Lost Tapes, stylistically, however, fall closed. The rock instruments have been adopted in most numbers, instead, the electronics has the say, without completely sacrificing the aesthetics of prog rock or psychedelic. Rodion GAs use of synthesizers is pronounced melodic, very beautiful as in “Charm 1” and “Charm is 2” to hear. The bright upper voice with its easy flute-like sound has a more folkloric than futuristic character, but it so often repeated, that the piece developed an idiosyncratic form of minimalism.

In Rodion G. A. spread the analog devices also exactly the kind of heat that is often invoked by detractors of the digital, and they break again and again out of their seemingly predetermined paths, take the liberty had to miss in everyday life, the musicians themselves. If it is then it rocked conventional times, which is almost a bit of a shock. On the other hand, expresses the fact restore some sovereignty from: The opposition between male konnotiertem, handmade and machine-rock androgynous electro play here somehow not matter. It was simply dissolved.

Thanks to Tim Caspar Boehme and everyone at Spex.


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Hi to everyone who reads this. My name is Derek Anderson, I'm 52, single and live in Scotland. My main interest in life is music. I am and always have been, immersed in music. Music is what I love. It means so much to me, it brings back memories, changes the way I feel and has been a constant throughout my life. Throughout my life, music has provided a soundtrack to my life. Some people have photograph albums, I have a music collection. My love of music, and my desire to share that love of music is why I decided to launch this blog. Each day, I put up new material for you all to read. So each day, when you look at this blog, you'll always find something new. I also write the Rodion G.A. blog, which I recently launched. Hopefully, you'll enjoy it too. My musical tastes are wide and varied. I enjoy most musical genres, and my music collection reflects that. There must be 5,000 CDs, box sets and vinyl. I'm fast running out of room, and I'm becoming submerged in CDs and LPs. My taste in music is eclectic to say the least. Within my collection there is everything from classic rock, Nordic Wave, progressive rock and Krautrock right through to avant-garde, experimental, indie, folk and ambient. That's not forgetting dub, jazz and free jazz. If pushed to pick my favourite albums, it would have to be The Blue Nile's quartet of pop perfection. Then I'd mention albums by The Bathers, Can, Harmonia, Neu!, Cluster, Primal Scream, Dr. John, Tim Buckley, John Martyn, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. I could go on and on. I decided to write this blog as I've been immersed in music throughout my life although my life has taken a few twists and turns. Originally, I studied business studies, over twenty five years ago, then later in life, I decided to branch out, try something different. This lead to me studying first social sciences and then English Law. That resulted in me gaining a 2:1 in English Law. However, regardless of what I've done in life, music has been what I've always loved. This lead to me writing this blog, something I enjoy doing. I review all sorts of music on this blog. As you'll have realised, I review all genres of music. As long as its good music, I'll review it. I try to review an eclectic selection of music, whether compilations or albums. Should you enjoy an article so much that you want to to re-blog or repost it then please ask my permission to do so. The copyright to all the articles belong to me. I’ve nothing against anyone reposting or re-blogging an article, that’s great, just as long as you ask permission and then credit me for it. Remember, I own the copyright, both moral and legal copyright. Anyone reposting an article, must ask before doing so. Once permission has been granted, then they can repost it, if they credit me. If you want something reviewed, just get in touch and I'll tell you where to send a CD or LP. I'm always interested to hear from new artists. My other interests are reading, technology and football. I have supported St Mirren FC all my life, and I'm delighted that we won the League Cup in 2013. That means I must be the eternal optimist. Anything else you want to know just ask. Enjoy the blog, and remember, it's "the music blog, where music matters."

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