Boomkat Product Review:
Dark Entries present a welcome reminder of Group Rhoda’s art-pop delicacy with Wilderness, the Oakland artist’s first release since her Max + Mara side and the sublime couplet of Out Of Time [Night School, 2012] and 12th House [NNF, 2013] which first brought her to our attention.
Pairing poetically abstract, observational lyrics with exquisitely adroit drum programming and lissom synth contours dripping with hooks, Wilderness forms a subtle refinement of what we remember from Mara Barenbaum aka Group Rhoda’s earlier releases. There’s a fluid, direct simplicity to her work here which betrays its elaborate construction in a way similar to the best Heinrich Mueller productions, with intricately evolving rhythmic calculations blossoming sleek and infectious arrangements certain to spark imaginations at home or on headphones, as well as seduce bodies on the ‘floor.
And just like Heinrich Mueller, Group Rhoda effortlessly remains true to original ‘80s machine styles while patently refreshing their templates with timeless effect. One can hear it in the supple, acidic bent and deliquescent starburst dynamics of Trespass, in the almost digi-dub budge of The Ice House, and like Suicide in Detroit on June, while Mexi Meri is like a perfectly measured mix of Gina X Performance and Arpanet, and sea or Be Sea hints at a certain Patrick Cowley-esque subaquatic electro sensuality.