Since buying The Rooms about a year ago I have returned again and again. It is music that continues to reveal itself in terms of textures, depth, and structure. These spaces are interesting places to go for the mind and the ears. I enjoy giving complete attention to music and this is one of the albums I now go to for that level of immersion in a sound world.
Intricate, and yet full of light and space, Philip Clemo's album is a complex and rewarding place to be; it is also very beautiful.
There is an ever-shifting intensity of wonderful drumming in 'The Place' over some 17 minutes that is truly stunning. Dirk Wachtelaer has the rare combination of rhythmic precision while slowly generating a storm, then bringing things back to a mesmeric pulse. And the music here really can groove nicely. 'Dream of Shattered Mirrors' has an all-time classic bass figure that underpins a ride through a landscape with wide sonic skies. Ambience and motion that sound great cranked loud.
Endless textures are here, subterranean, percussive, hammond organ, guitars, piano, woodwind and brass, natural sounds and rare instruments it would be hard to guess; Philip Clemo has the skill to allow this complexity to evolve organically, to ebb and flow without letting things get too busy. He clearly has great taste in his choice of key musicians and his producer here (Phill Brown).
The Rooms keeps on giving up new secrets. Simultaneously meditative and full of movement - impossible to pin down. Gorgeous.