ROPE
Heresy, and Then Nothing But Tears

[Family Vineyard, www.family-vineyard.com]

Polish duo Rope [bassist/vocalist Robert Iwanik and guitarist Przemyslaw Krzysztof Drazek] relocated to Chicago two years after they formed in 1998. After a while, they added percussionist Michael J. Kendrick to the mix. Acting as a power guitar / bass / drum trio, they've slowly become one of the more popular underground bands in the Windy City. Imagine a slowed-down version of Rapeman pushed forward by a vocalist who enjoys blurring his lyrics and you're about there in terms of musical territory. To say that Iwanik's vocals are bleak and mysteriously obtuse is an understatement. Iwanik's vocals are sinister in the best sense of that word. Most of the time, he sounds like he's impersonating Beelzebub himself.
"Purity of mine
Essence of being
I long for you
To be seen
By the light of day
Strengthened by willpower
Saved from going insane" are some of the lyrics from "Grand Humiliation of Misery. This twenty minute opus also features vocals from Eugene Robinson [Oxbow] and Poland's premiere jazz vocalist Grazyna Auguscik [though the themes she sings here are distant from her regular stomping grounds]. The music is mystic in its stop-and-go mentality. It seems the slower it gets, the more painful it is on the listener. The power of the smash-em-up drumming layered with that persistently throbbing bass makes for an atmosphere that is equally gloomy as it is humanely affecting. No-core, free-wave and dark ambience, it really makes no difference what you call Rope's exercises in insanity. Album comes complete with a creepy painting by Polish painter Stanislaw Ignacy "Witkacy" Witkiewicz. Hardcore meets poetry meets painful confessions in the back alley of your life.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Wolfram - Thinking Dust
+ IAMX - The Alternative
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+ Blues? Is Number One
+ Baaba - Poppe Musique
+ Ricardo Villalobos - Fizheuer Zieheuer
+ Alex Tsiridis - Bouzouki Several
+ Rafael Toral - Space
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+ Smolik - III
+ ReCloned: A Collection Of Remixes
+ Radiev. - Die
+ Poker Flat Vol. 5 - Bets'N'Bluffs
+ Plum - Witness Of Your Fall
+ 17 Pictures - 17 Pictures
+ Old Time Radio - Downtown
+ Octave One feat. Random Noise Generation - Off The Grid
+ Nun - Sunlight
+ Novika - Tricks Of Life
+ A Tribute To Robert Moog
+ Daisuke Miyatani - Dario
+ The Memory Band - Apron Strings
+ The Killers - Sam's Town
+ Nika Jager - Przetrwam
+ Paul St. Hilaire - Adsom - A Divine State Of Mind
+ Fad Gadget - Fad Gadget By Frank Tovey
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+ Terence Fixmer - Passion
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+ Dirt Crew Present: Collection 01
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+ My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
+ Benni Hemm Hemm - Kajak
+ Arpanet - Inertial Frame
+ Gabriel Ananda - Ananda's Bassmaschinen Pt. 2
+ Alter Ego - Blitz/Blank
+ Sound In Action Trio - Gate / Bridge 61 - Journal / Ken Vandermark/ Paal Nilssen-Love - Seven / Lytton/ Vandermark/ Wachsmann - CINC
+ Kommando Raumschiff Zitrone - First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
+ Neil Davidson - Grain
+ Punck - A Constant Migration (Between Reality and Fiction)
+ Arias/ Müller/Tammen - Intersecting A Cone With A Plane
+ Volcano the Bear - Egg and Two Books
+ Many Bright Things - Many Bright Friends
+ Skye Klad - The Musick of Cupid's Orkustra Asleep Within the Magick Powerhouse of Oz
+ V.A. - Eastern Space Cakes
+ Ramases - Space Hymns
+ Pan & Regaliz - Pan & Regaliz
+ Satanicpornocultshop - .aiff Skull EP
+ Lamp of the Universe - Earth, Spirit and Sky
+ Hati - Recycled Magick Emissions

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+ MASTER MUSICIANS OF JOUJOUKA - Boujeloud
+ L. PIERRE - Dip
+ SODASTREAM - Reservations
+ KAHIL EL'ZABAR'S RITUAL TRIO - Big M - A Tribute of Malachi Favors
+ GATO LIBRE - Nomad
+ MISTY ROSES - Monster Zero
+ NIC JONES - Game Set Match
+ NED ROTHENBERG - Intervals - Solo Work for Woodwinds, 2001 / R.U.B. - Are You Be / NED ROTHEBERG SYNC - Harbinger / NED ROTHENBERG / STOMU TAKEISHI / TONY BUCK / TRONZO - The Fell Clutch
+ BENJY FERREE - Leaving the Nest
+ PRINCE VALIUM - Andlaus
+ SOFT MACHINE - Middle Earth Masters
>> ROPE - Heresy, and Then Nothing But Tears
+ T. RAUMSCHMIERE - Random Noize Sessions, Vol. 1 / GESCOM - MiniDisc / CONJOINT - A Few Empty Chairs
+ JOHN CALE - New York in the 1960s
+ ASHA BHOSLE - Asha Bhosle Reveals the Real RD
+ JOEL FUTTERMAN - Possibilities / JEFFREY HAYDEN SHURDUT - Allemansratten / FRODE GJERSTAD TRIO - The Other Side / SONNY SIMMONS TRIO - Live at the Knitting Factory / STEVE SWELL'S NATION OF WE - Live at the Bower Poetry Club / LUTHER THOMAS QUARTET - Finally! Total Unity in 3 Phases
+ LIBRARY TAPES - Feelings for Something Lost
+ RICHARD PINHAS - Metatron
+ AS "..." as "......." - Port Radium
+ TOMAS PHILLIPS - Intermission / Six Feuilles
+ ARCTIC MONKEYS - Leave Before the Lights Come On
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - New Orleans Christmas - New Orleans Playground
+ PETER BROTZMANN / MARINO PLIAKAS / MICHAEL WERTMULLER - Full Blast
+ CERRONE - Love in C Minor - Supernature 3
+ OREN AMBARCHI / KEITH ROWE - Squire / OREN AMBARCHI - Suspension
+ ZAVOLOKA VS. KOTRA - To Kill The Tiny Groovy Cat
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Strange Country
+ MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - The Cosmological Eye Trilogy / MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / GLANDS OF EXTERNAL SECRETION + NELS CLINE - From The Earth to the Spheres, Vol. 6 / MY CAT IS AN ALIEN / TEXT OF LIGHT - Cosmic Debris, Vol. 1 / MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - Greetings from the Great Void / MY CAT IS AN ALIEN - Il Suono Venuto Dallo Spazio / PAINTING PETALS ON PLANET GHOST - Painting Petals on Planet Ghost / PRAXINOSCOPE - Epocsonixarp
+ ERNST REIJSEGER - Requiem for a Dying Planet
+ MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS / GEORGE LEWIS / ROSCOE MITCHELL - Streaming
+ HENRY COW - Concerts
+ BassDrumBone - The Line Up / ROSWELL RUDD / MARK DRESSER - Airwalkers
+ JUNIOR BOYS - So This is Goodbye
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Blueprints
+ SUN RA - Concert for the Comet Kohoutek
+ BOB FOX - The Blast
+ BIRCH BOOK - Fortune & Folly, Vol. II
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Sunday Afternoon at Dingwalls
+ SECRET MOMMY - Plays / WINNING - This is an Ad for Cigarettes

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Energia i szczerość - rozmowa z wokalistą grupy Apatia - Tomkiem Matysiakiem
+ Niebo z błota - rozmowa z Jackiem Langiem, wokalistą i gitarzystą zespołu One Million Bulgarians
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