Monday, 11 February 2019

PlanningToRock ‎– All Love's Legal (2014)

Style: Abstract, House, Ambient
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Human Level

Tracklist
01.   Welcome
02.   All Love's Legal
03.   Human Drama
04.   Answer Land
05.   Let's Talk About Gender Baby
06.   Words Are Glass
07.   Misogyny Drop Dead
08.   Steps
09.   Beyond Binary Binds
10.   Public Love
11.   Purple Love
12.   Patriarchy Over & Outico

Planningtorock's message of gender equality and sexual freedom on All Love's Legal seems simplistic and dated at first. But in 2014, the simplest messages are often the most urgent ones. Western media coverage of the Sochi Oympics has brought attention to Russian anti-gay violence and legislation. But we're also sharing a planet with at least five countries where even vaguely defined homosexual behavior is worthy of the death penalty. Jam Rostron, the multimedia artist behind Planningtorock, sings "You can't illegalize love" on the title track on All Love's Legal. That slogan could fit on a t-shirt, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Nuance isn't translating so well today. 
Rostron's musical work, a kind of art-house house, has always been a smart platform for direct intentions. Her debut album Have It All laid down the small set of tools—violin, keyboards, drum machine, heavily processed vocals—that she would also use on her followup W. Setting aside Rostron's collaboration with the Knife, Tomorrow, in a Year, she's only gotten better at the balance. On All Love's Legal she refines further, adding or subtracting beats and strings until finding the right tension between her unambiguous gender politics and her unknowable voice. 
Despite the sparse instrumentation and arrangement, Rostron's songs evoke huge, cavernous spaces. By manipulating the attack and echo on her strings and synths, she creates the clouds of theatrical fog that cling to the melody on "Human Drama". You can hear the empty stage surrounding her. The bass and drums songs, like "Misogyny Drop Dead" and "All Love's Legal", drift out of sync, tugging at each other and galloping separately. Even the most straightforward dance track, the irresistibly in-sync "Let’s Talk About Gender Baby", feels off, but in a good way. Rostron repeats the titular phrase over her usual brooding bass line, but she extends the syllables a little too long, slurring her words on either the world's most self-aware dancefloor or your college's drunkest women's studies discussion section.
Jessica Suarez / Pitchfork

2 comments:

  1. do you mind putting that album up, please? because this is the link to 'have it all', another album.

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