Despite having been recorded over the span of three years, and in various locations in dif- ferent cities, ROM’s sophomore “Foot Signal” effort is an entirely cohesive sonic outing. That they used mostly broken instruments throughout the process only reinforces that soundscape they sought to create. That they played them even with their feet as the title reveals gives us a slight visual hint at the anarchy of the sessions.
Could they have used an organ that stayed in tune? Probably. But taping its keys down and pressing record in hopes to document something at all usable is part of the random fabric that makes ROM’s music so incredibly transcendent.
Largely recorded with Will Loftin at Shangri-la Studios in Atlanta, Roberto Lange and Matt Crum captured scores of live improvised sessions onto two-inch tape. The two also set up shop in apartments, studios, and storage units in Miami, Savannah, New York - even Jeremy Lemos’s Chicago studio to try and document the inspiration they felt lurk- ing. The sessions were then labored over at home studios, shared over the Internet, pro- cessed and reorganized until this collection of twelve wildly captivating instrumental pieces emerged. Foot Signal's tracks have been released on a limited CD through WIMM in Japan in the past years. It has now been cut onto vinyl at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin for the first time. Standout track “Whale Vomit” does not sound like a regurgitated mess it pur- ports itself to be. Instead, it is the perfect combination of unwavering percussion, vibraphone flourishes, and studio-manipulation wizardry. It’s the kind of stuff that makes ROM and Foot Signal so darn exciting.
released 21 May 2012
All music made by ROM
Recorded and Mixed by:
Will Loftin at Shangri-la Atlanta, GA
Jeremy Lemos at Semaphore Chicago, IL
ROM at Island Universe Space MIAMI ATLANTA BROOKLYN
Original Drawings by Carlos A. Lange
Design and Layout by Paul Coors
ROM is a vibrant collaboration who have been on the radar for a long time, as members of projects such as Savath & Savalas, Feathers and Helado Negro. ROM's first appearance marked their self-titled debut on the Japanese WIMM imprint in 2005.