London-based sound designer Rocheman is following up on his debut single ‘Windmill‘ with the cinematic and swooning ‘Pestle Pusher’.
‘Pestle Pusher’ is out on 27th October via NX Records – the label that’s a collaborative project between Matthew Herbert’s Accidental Records and the Department of Music, Goldsmiths, University of London, based in New Cross. Really loving Rocheman’s lavish vocal melody on this one! All in all it’ll have you thinking of Scott Walker and that is obviously a very good thing.
Stay tuned for Rocheman’s eponymous debut album that’s slated for release on 1st December, also via NX Records and will be available digitally and on stylish limited edition 12” marbled vinyl. Catch him live at The Albany in London on 24th November.
Here are some words Rocheman sent us about the track:
“‘Pestle Pusher’ includes a memory of being on stage in a play I was doing, dressed as a Victorian woman with blood on my ears from an allergic reaction to the earrings I was wearing, and having this slight out of body experience at this sea of laughing people in the audience, whilst we all jumped around doing voices, and suddenly seeing how insane it all appeared.
Despite how strange it can seem a lot of the time, and how gruelling and painful it can be making anything, there’s still such a compulsion to do it for the sake of determining some kind of meaning, chaining yourself to the absurd.
This actually came from another play I did by Joe Orton called Fred and Madge, where one of the lead characters (Fred), a gutless man in a bleak marriage living in 50s England, has a job pushing a boulder uphill only to have it roll down again and again, and Madge working in a factory, similarly Syssiphian, sieving water from a basin over and over. I made sound and music for that show with some live foley stuff, and used a pestle and mortar into a mic for the sound of the prop boulder going uphill. I liked the conjunction of those two things, and what they represent.”