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Roman Roads IV - XI
Artist
Land Observations
ReleaseProduct
Roman Roads IV - XI
Label
Mute
Catalogue Number
iSTUMM345
Release Date
September 2012
8 Tracks
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Land Observations explores the power of minimalism via layered, repetitive electric VI string guitar to create warm, evocative instrumentals. Each of the compositions responds to the psychogeography of an individual road and an obvious fascination with Roman Roads as man made structures; their bold lines carving through the landscape.

Influenced as much by Tom Verlaine as Steve Reich or the Kosmische groups, 'Roman Roads' explores the power of minimalism to create warm, evocative atmospherics. The guitar plucks of 'The Battle Of Watling Street' appear within the heat and haze of a summer's day, longer drones reveal their pastoral hues in the warm, audible breeze; whereas 'Appian Way' is a day dream of a Roman Legion marching in time to the beat of Neu!'s Klaus Dinger. By no means a historical project, or an attempt to look only into the past, 'Roman Roads' reflects on the broader ideas of momentum and progress. Highly recommended.

  1. 1 Before the Kingsland Road 0:17 Land Observations Buy
  2. 2 Aurelian Way 0:33 Land Observations Buy
  3. 3 From Nero's Palace 0:22 Land Observations Buy
  4. 4 Via Flaminia 0:28 Land Observations Buy
  5. 5 Appian Way 0:27 Land Observations Buy
  6. 6 The Chester Road 0:24 Land Observations Buy
  7. 7 Portway 0:21 Land Observations Buy
  8. 8 Battle of Watling Street 0:30 Land Observations Buy

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