|ROME Hate Us And See If We Mind CD. Digipak. Single Copy
Jerome Reuter certainly does not give a toss about anyone's expectations. While some are still trying to get a handle on last year's soul-baring ‘Hell Money’ and its stylistic twist, Reuter now releases a monumental industrial/folk EP, on which the old industrial influences are not only reincorporated into ROME's musical landscape, but are taken quite a step further. ’The Colony’, an almost 40-minute-long industrial tour-de-force divided into two separate tracks, is the main course here: a barrage of textures, bleak industrial loops, straight-forward noise and eerie dark ambient soundscapes with a distinctive ROMEan feel are mixed into one soothing cocktail. This limited edition EP is further enhanced by including alternative versions of two songs from the upcoming album. The title track ‘Hate Us And See If We Mind’ will probably establish itself as the Dark Folk hymn of the hour, with its martial drums and catchy piano, whereas ‘The Fever Tree’ is an intimate ballad in the vein of ROME's very own chanson noir.