||Now-Again Records has enjoyed a long and creative partnership with Munich-based
multi-instrumentalist JJ Whitefield, creative force behind the Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield
Brothers and Karl Hector & The Malcouns. Rodinia, his latest project, is quite different
than anything that’s come from his oeuvre to date, but follows in the line of the Poets of
Rhythm’s great Discern/Define, as it reaches back to Krautrock’s experimental heyday
but pushes its boundaries with a post-hip-hop approach.
Rodinia’s first album, Drumside/Dreamside, featured two, side-long suites, with
synthesizers taking the fore on an overarching ambient approach (featuring over-dubbed
reeds, drums and guitar, and self-made Moroccan field recordings introducing the project
on its Drumside.)
For Ex Anima, Rodinia has incorporated more of the mid-70s approach of Krautrock
forebears Neu!, Cluster and Harmonia, with shorter, self-contained songs. The result is
winsome and exploratory, respectfully distanced from the past’s trappings while
celebrating a musical spirit still very much alive and influential.
With original artwork by Jason Jagel (DOOM’s Mm Food, Operation DOOMsday).
Electronic Krautrock in line with Cluster, Harmonia, Neu!, Popul Vuh from Jay
Whitefield (Poets of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers/Karl Hector & The Malcouns).
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