Release Date: May 4, 2015
Record label: Sub Pop
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
Four years after their debut, the Seattle band return with a layered record that has atmospheric dusty blues as a benchmark, but a wider horizon of ambition. The Ennio Morricone feel kicks in immediately with Bodhi Song, an introduction to a set of tracks that build and fall in semi-psychedelic density; the spacey distortion of the soulful Blind is a compelling high point, with its downbeat lyrics talking of wanting to break free but being shot down. It’s tempting to imbue the words throughout with significance: “Shame, it ain’t never, never gonna happen,” sings Rabia Shaheen Qazi on Glory Glory, which is ironic in light of reports that the group have already split up.
Head here to submit your own review of this album. It is unusual to review a new album in the past tense, but by the time Sub Pop were set to release this self-titled, second album from the Seattle group Rose Windows, the band had called it a day. Just five weeks before the release date the group issued a dramatic, thoughtfully worded statement on their Facebook page announcing that "Rose Windows will no longer be moving forward." Sadly, the history of the band is now a brief one.
On the 30th March 2015, Seattle psychedelic rockers Rose Windows announced via Facebook that they had split. Turns out it wasn’t an ever so slightly early April Fool gag either; they really have called it quits just a month before their second long player now arrives. “Sometimes in life we come across pure beauty – an experience that moves us towards a sense of hope; a complete respect for the purity and love that life can offer,” the official statement read before declaring that they would “no longer be moving forward”.
Two albums down, none to go. Rose Windows’ second album is so wracked by tension and so smothered in its own claustrophobic impenetrability it’s not exactly surprising they have just decided to quit.. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads.
Seattle-based psych-rock explorers Rose Windows made their debut in 2013 with The Sun Dogs, an ambitious, sprawling album that veered from country, folk, and blues influences to space rock, with string arrangements recalling Persian traditional music. The album had several concise folk-psych songs, but its highlights were when the band stretched out for ambitious jams such as "Native Dreams" and ten-minute epic "This Shroud. " The group's self-titled second album cuts down on the group's more excessive tendencies, with only "A Pleasure to Burn" surpassing the five-minute mark, and seems to have more of a stripped-down songwriting style as well.
The release of the second, self-titled album from Seattle sextet (that has a nice ring to it doesn’t it, shame I didn’t come up with it) Rose Windows carries an extra poignancy with the group's recent announcement of their immediate disbandment. So what could have been a strong step in the right direction and a statement of future intent instead becomes a posthumous memorial to an act of great promise. In the statement announcing their breakup, the band are clear: 'The music we’ve created will always be close to us and remind us of all the beauty and love the world has to offer.