Roman Remains – “This Stone Is Starting To Bleed”
Pairs Well With…Sleigh Bells, Nine Inch Nails, Beach House
There’s a fusion element with Roman Remains’ music that somehow allows the electro-pop duo to stand out as wholly unique on a 2,000-plus artist roster. While there’s a baseline of dream pop that is so familiar in the electronic pop/rock soundsphere, it’s the industrial rhythms and harmonies that propel Roman Remains forward. It’s utterly demanding and intelligently placed, not overpowering yet it feels like the force of a thousand drums. Even the softer numbers – “Sweet Dreaming” and “True Nature” – have their moments of abrupt intensity. Roman Remains is an offshoot of UK rock band The Duke Spirit (Liela Moss and Toby Butler), but this might turn into a primary focus if their expected full-length this year follows in the epic trail of “This Stone Is Starting To Bleed”.