Roland Throop

by Julia Bloop

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'Roland Throop' is the second cassette from Brooklyn-based Julia Bloop, following a debut on Rotifer Cassettes -- the last tape they launched before a year-long hiatus. Named for a pair of low-frequency, underwater noises recorded in the mid-90s, the project relies on meticulously arranged loops and effects. The material here was gathered haphazardly though, while living out a dreary sublet overlooking a barren concrete courtyard, "I drank wine, watched movies, listened to the radio, and was never quite sure what sounds I’d find on my 4-track when I woke up the next morning." Though both albums are more than adequate just as reveries, despite its more dreamlike passages 'Roland Throop' has a distinct emotional charge throughout. That atmosphere comes across perfectly in the opener "I Gotta Get Outta This Place," a strain of melancholia beautifully drawn out and recast elsewhere into shades of loneliness, as with "Too Many Ghosts," or ambling epiphanies like "That Dracula" and "Tenaya."

"Bloop creates a dreamlike atmosphere by cleverly juggling relaxed percussive loops, spoken word samples and delicate melodies, resulting in a calm, melodic microcosm that sounds like a clever quote of late 90’s Ninja Tune and their downtempo classics." -Weed Temple

"...underwater groove tape." -Chris Kissel, DubLab

"Listening to these tracks is like stepping into a dream in progress, with all the confusing blurs and vivid details racing past you in their cyclical push for attention. Despite its noisy and clattering façade, the album as a whole feels oddly cohesive, a waking reverie that offers few answers but provides a necessary framework from which to examine the intricacies of her distinct and multilayered approach to the creation of this kind of abstract musical collage." -Nooga.com

"...an engaging exercise in sample and mood." -A Closer Listen

"...absolutely delightful. As a record, it’s cohesive despite the differing tracks – you will hear simple, dreamy field recordings, but also gentle trip-hop grooves. The whole tape carries a specific atmosphere of melancholy and closeness, of reverie and solitude." -Can You Ear It?

"...a trip with exotic experimental beats." -Pretty Odd Authority

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released March 24, 2017

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