Boomkat Product Review:
Roman could well be electro-pop's answer to Marmite; you either love him or can't wait to be rid of his noise... The second album from the Cologne-based Roman, 'So Ghost?' is a ADD dose of pure, uncut leftfield-pop - all given the rough and ready edge by spiralling productions that happily draft in film soundtracks, ratchet beats, Eastern European campfire aesthetics and Fairport folk. The opening salvo of 'Saving Juno' will be familiar to anyone who dipped their toes in Karaoke Kalk's recent label sampler, and time has in no way dulled it's brusque immediacy; gutting a conventional folk-song and filling in the gaps with COLOSSAL electro-pop choruses that are a million miles from subtle. Moving on from here, Roman turns down the levels a little for 'Skiver', wherein a stuttering set of beats are draped with his strangely moreish vocals before all manner of multi-harmonisation get Flying Pickets on your ass. Elsewhere, 'So What?' is a bareboned production of treated strings and death-rattle beats, 'Cuddle for a Corpse' could be Damon Aaron collaborating with DJ Shadow, whilst 'True Love Owes Us Sh*t' grafts Casio rhythms onto a mournful cello, over which Roman gets all wordy. Closing with 'Modlitwa' (which is closer to Antony and the Johnsons than his Angie Reed-pop), Roman has packed 'So Ghost?' with enough sonic innovation and melody-heavy adjuncts to ensure far more people will love it than loathe it.