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ROSE & SANDY - Play Cat's Cradle

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Moving Furniture Records MFR010
Release Year: 2010
Note: newcomer from Scotland with excellent far-away ambience, based on majestic zither-sounds; lim. 300 in cardboard-cover
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €12.00

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"Behind this name which suggests two ladies working together we find two of Scottish finest musicians: Ruaridh Law (TVO/The Village Orchestra, Accrual and more) and Dave Donnelly (The Production Unit and more). While they both have their feet in beat driven music for their project Rose & Sandy they take a swing quite the opposite way. From improvised processing, like on their full-length debut they present here, to field-recordings and live video presentations.
Not only have they got a range of solo releases on labels such as Highpoint Lowlife and Stuffrecords, they also run the new upcoming Scottish label Broken20 together with Dave Fyans (Erstlaub) and are involved with several concert and party events organized by Numbers (in Glasgow)." [label info]


"Of course Rose & Sandy are not Rose & Sandy, but a duo of Ruaridh Law (TVO/The Village Orchestra, Marcia Blaine School for Girls) and Dave Donnelley (Production Unit, Marcia Blaine School for Girls) from Scotland, but then I dont know who is Rose and who is Sandy. The labels website lists a long story about a zither, or actually something like a zither, being given to Sandy by his father. A funny story which describes how it looks and what it does. I suggest you read it yourself, saving me to repeat a long story. So Sandy played the instrument while Rose did all the processing, done into two different sessions, which were edited together into the piece Cats Cradle. Its not easy, when listening to this almost forty minute work, to say what the instrument does, doesnt, where processing comes in and when it leaves. It seems to me that the beginning is where we hear the instrument in its most pure form, but after some six minutes into the piece, the processing drops along and even, say somewhere around twenty-six minutes, it seems to be taking over entirely for a few minutes. But it works well. There is a beautiful grainy and sustainy quality to the piece, which makes it partly a drone piece, but there is just a bit more to it than just that. An excellent musical trip of gliding scales, buzzing electronics, hissy tapestries and perhaps more such common places. A wintery feel hangs over this music and there sets the mood on the shortest day of the year. The music dies out like the fading day light. Sad and beautiful." [FdW / Vital Weekly]