Room With A View

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Rone is electronic producer Erwan Castex and his fifth album is titled Room With A View, which marks a major moment in the Frenchman's career. The album was produced alongside a live show commissioned by the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and developed together with choreography collective (LA) HORDE and 20 dancers of the Ballet National de Marseille. This new kind of collaborative approach allowed Rone to produce his most sincere and far-reaching music in some time. Inspired by discussions of collapsologie and climate change, Room With A View offers food for thought on how to deal with one of the most pressing issues of humanity. Room With A View sees Rone returning to his musical roots and the set-up of his early albums: purely electronic, solitarily conceived without any musical collaborators. At the same time, he was able to leave his comfort zone through a new kind of artistic liaison. The production of the corresponding show inspired the album and vice versa. Room With A View works perfectly as a standalone album, still the outcome is a firmly intertwined piece of modern dance and electronic music that comes with a more serious goal than mere musical innovation. Room With A View was written and produced in 2019 within nine months. Its foundation was laid during a stay at the former house of writer George Sand in the rural area of Nohant, the place where Frédéric Chopin composed a third of his music. Musically, Rone manages to let his trademark sound shine in a new light, pleasing early fans as well as every electronica enthusiast. Typically melodic beats like "Ginkgo Biloba" nestle against tracks that exhibit classic influences from Boards of Canada ("La Marbrerie") to SAW-era Aphex Twin ("Raverie"), euphoric dancefloor rhythms sit next to contemplative synth work. Tracks like "Sophora Japonica" showcase Rone's mastership in atmosphere, which sometimes requires no drums at all. Elsewhere, Rone is clearly reviving the club-centric vibe of "Tohu Bohu" and experimenting with elements of dub. It all makes for an adventurous and rewarding listen. Most importantly, Rone is redefining the notion of "organic" in electronic music through use of field and voice recordings. Room With A View has personal connotations for Rone, but it's also connected to how we observe phenomena in the modern world.