Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, body-pop, EBM.
Background/Info: Rotersand is one of those bands we all know and respect for their sound and production. But the German band is not exactly releasing new work on regular basis so a new production like this EP is always something special. And “Torn Realities” is even more special as the EP is meant for DJ’s and can only be bought at live performances. So only a very limited number of copies (222!) are available via mail order shops.
Content: The title song see Rotersand moving into more evasive electro-pop fields. It probably is one of their dreamiest cuts to date and somewhat surprising for an EP title-song. But the song features this unique Rotersand sound formula driven by an elevating melody line. That’s the sonic receipt the band introduced on their legendary “Merging Oceans”-hit.
“Just Sales” is not exactly what I would call a B-side song. This track brings us back to the heavier side of the band, which is driven by irresistible sound manipulation, multiple effects and an alluring bass line.
Among the other cuts left (an extended version of the title song plus 2 remixes) there’s a cool and minimal-like remix of “Not About You” by DSX.
+ + + : Rotersand remains animated by an endless creative mind revealing raw sound treatments on one side and captivating melody lines on the other. In the midst of it all you’ll hear the familiar and still captivating vocals. I also want to mention the great artwork illustrations of the front- and back cover.
– – – : I can’t get away from the idea that “Torn Realities” is a surprising title-song for an EP. I expected a harder and more club-driven cut.
Conclusion: Rotersand remains a full option guarantee for intelligent electronics and sound creation. From softer pop-fields to harder body-dancefloor elements, Rotersand remains inspired and efficient.
Best songs: “Just Sales”, “Not About You – DSX Remix”, “Torn Realities”.