As the days are growing continuously darker and darker, a little bit of light was provided from a surprising source as the post-metal purveyors Rosetta unannouncedly released their new EP titled Terra Sola on the first of this month. While their earlier EP Sower of Wind from this January expanded upon the sounds from their latest full-length Utopioid, the new one is composed entirely of new material, recorded in the comfort of their tiny practice space and homes.
Terra Sola is meant to end the stint that begun a little over two years ago with the release of Utopioid, an album which sent the band to the most ample and intense touring cycle of their entire career. Conceptually pondering the juxtaposition between the band’s stance towards the nature and the environmental weight of traveling across the globe, the new EP acts both as a palette cleanser as well as a call for something that’s yet to come. Rosetta are well known from their experimental approach and thriving through natural growth and change, yet while Terra Sola sounds familiar, there’s a certain kind of underlying tone distancing itself from the rest.
The title track weaves the kind of textures that are somewhat related to their past, while two of the three tracks explores a more sparse and infrequent side of the band’s output. Heavily relying on plaintive emotion and solemn feelings, these two tracks are what you could characterise as chamber music, being very quiet and fragile. The cinematic post-metal aesthetic is still very present, and you simply can’t confuse the artist with any other from their homologous realm. This EP is an addition to the bigger picture, and should be absorbed as such to unleash its full power.
Terra Sola EP artwork and tracklist:
1. Terra Sola
3. Where Is Hope?