By Aaris A. Schroeder
Check out Oakland, CA Indie DreamPop singer-songwriter Kate Ramsey and guitarist Ruben Gonzalez, both of Rose Haze as they step through boundaries and dare to release something never done before with “Contemplations in the Desert,” a Moody Experimental album that seemingly appears to be a soundtrack to a film yet to be released.
Contemplations in the Desert is an instrumental album born amidst the sweltering sun, dust and nothingness of Southern California. Ramsey and Gonzalez of Rose Haze set out for nowhere to record a fully improvised collection of tunes using all analog gear.
For those of us with an ear for good music, listen to Rose Haze’s recent release, “Prism,” on their album, “Maximum Security Prism,” released May 6, 2022 to get a feel for Rose Haze’s usual sound. “Prism,” which can be listened to on Spotify, is dipped in sweet neo-psychedelia, and atmospheric tones while Ramsey’s voice is echoed all throughout this track producing a sound that is very much influenced by the 80’s pop-rock music and can be heard in such artists like Madonna and Kate Bush.
This time around, Rose Haze, via their record label, Orenda Records releases the experimental album “Contemplations in the Desert.” The album’s featured track, “Horse Suite II,” a loose arrhythmic improv with reverb spread all over it like a hot desert day.
The entire album itself is reminiscent of artists such as Coil, Ennio Morricone and Chihei Hatakeyama, pulling a psychedelic post-rock vibe. During the recording, they contemplating life and their very existence.
“Contemplations in the Desert” releases on all popular digital platforms December 2. A music video for “Horse Suite II” will drop the same day on Rose Haze’s Youtube page but you can view it at Orenda Record’s website now.
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