Last Bandcamp Friday, my lil label
released a new EP from The Robe
entitled The Jason EP
. I posted it there exclusively for a week to drive possible purchases but now it's streaming everywhere
For the unfamiliar, The Robe is the pseudonym of Rollum Haas; a multi-instrumentalist and collaborator in a number of projects. He's currently the drummer for Soccer Mommy, has previously played a large part in the electronic outfit Coupler
and has played with countless bands. His 2019 full length
is a wonderful combination of pop and krautrock; krautpop if you will.
This latest release, The Jason EP
, is a collaboration between Haas and his longtime friend JB Bennett. They've known each other for some 20-years, just so happen to work at the same record store and have a lengthy list of shared influences. The resulting EP is a wonderful collection of songs that, for me, harken back to the best dark pop of the 80s. It's a cheap game to cite what previous band a current release sounds like but it does
provide some enticement and context. If you're into Echo and the Bunnymen, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys and their ilk; I think it's safe to say you'll like this. It's a fantastic blend of dark vibes, melancholy and memorable pop elements. I can't articulate it super well but I love it.
Give it a whirl! Streaming here
or on Bandcamp here