eleven stages of intervention
Following releases on such visionary labels
as Lo Recordings, Simon Raymonde’s Bella Union, Too Pure and
Kraak, Bip_Hop is pleased to welcome the release of Rothko's newest10-track
album, Eleven Stages of Intervention.
Following collaborations with Susumu Yakota (Distant Sounds of Summer)
and Caroline Ross (A Place Between), composer and band mainstay
Mark Beazley (bass), Michael Donnelly (bass), Ben Page (keyboards/percussion)
and Tom Page (drums) continue to create a warm and inviting sound,
where solitary keyboard melodies transition from exploratory passages
and fragile beauty intertwines effortlessly through somber basslines.
Rothko's 2002 album "A Continual Search for Origins" is
said to find its base in Beazley's visits to Switzerland, Eleven
Stages of Intervention immediately ushers listeners to a similar
mapping of interpersonal relationships, stories and insights. 'sit
in silent though' (a full-band reworking of the Bad Hand single
track) and 'break the cycle of sorrow' (a desire first voiced in
2003's Wish for a World without Hurt 12-inch and BLK w/ BEAR collaboration)
act as familiar, yet renewed and re-imaged, pages in the Rothko
sound-diary. 'weather every storm' along with 'give.every.thing'
and 'watch the black sun fade' are additional stand-out tracks.
The music of Rothko at equal turns challenges and comforts the listener.
At first perhaps confrontational, yet ultimately nurturing. Familiar
passages evolve from the improvisational ether. Healing follows
conflict. Eleven Stages of Intervention -- the band's eleventh fulllength
release -- adds to Rothko's already innovative and impressive catalogue.