Valere Aude

Album Review of Valere Aude by Romans.

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Valere Aude


Valere Aude by Romans

Release Date: Dec 9, 2016
Record label: The Bunker New York
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

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Valere Aude - Very Good, Based on 4 Critics

XLR8r - 80
Based on rating 8/10

By now, you pretty much know what you are going to get from the music of Gunnar Haslam and Tin Man. The former has fomented a chilly and slithering techno style on labels like L.I.E.S and Argot, while the latter is all about coaxing as much life as he can out of his beloved 303. What’s more, both have an atmospheric and elegantly mournful style, so when they collaborate as Romans, the results are effortlessly seamless.

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Exclaim - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Valere Aude is the debut LP from Romans, courtesy of the Bunker New York. The collaboration marks the joint forces of New York techno kingpin Gunnar Haslam and Vienna-based Johannes Auvinen, also known as Tin Man. The duo have been making techno as Romans since 2014, bringing together Tin Man's deep, 303-driven sound and Haslam's exploratory, modular textures.Valere Aude is a psychedelic adventure through the hallucinogenic, acid-tinged veins of techno.

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Resident Advisor - 70
Based on rating 3.5/5

Valere Aude is the kind of record you'd expect Tin Man and Gunnar Haslam to make. It weds the former's wide-ranging acid with the latter's excursive techno into music that does them both justice. They've each explored the album format well enough on their own, but on Valere Aude, they've collaborated to deliver a proper acid freakout from start to finish.Valere Aude has two parts, split by the sprawling ambient piece "Cyrene." "Cirta" eases us into the first half with a gentle pulse and a silvery 303 line that snakes through hazy chords.

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Their review was very positive

Romans 'Valere Aude' (The Bunker New York)Romans is the name of the two-man project helmed by Tin Man and Gunnar Haslam. For the last few years, they’ve been crafting the kind of acid-tinged techno that fills your spine with tingles, and now ‘Valere Aude’ consolidates their respective backgrounds into one wonderful album. From the first tentative analogue chirps of opener ‘Cirta’ you get a strong feeling of the inspiration behind the LP, which Tin Man says is based on “a fantastic fictional history in which we are imagining attitudes lost to the waters of time”.

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