Nearly a year after his acclaimed debut EP Every Inch of You, a musical project meant as an ode to the memory of a once great man, his Grandfather, the enigmatic Rosas Nievas steps up to the plate with a sophomore outing for Scissor and Thread, Going Away Soon.
On the A-side, the bombastic opener, wastes no time getting its feet moving with charged up percussion, guitar licks, and playful sampling with a clear ode to the likes of Matthew Herbert. ‘Nearly Lost You, Though‘ sees Rosas Nievas pair up with the singer Poppy Roberts on an emotional house jam primed for a peak time lovers rave . A rock steady kick and shuffling percussion are the anchor, as smooth pads and ethereal, hypnotic vocal snips swirl around the listener before the singer’s voice emerges forward with a heartfelt, soulful ode.
The b-side takes things down several notches with the funky and loose, ‘Roses are Dead, Violets are Blue‘, a hypnotic rhythm cycle flanked by a powerful bass line a reverb-laden piano and a sax ensemble emerging as we are lead with eyes closed on a euphoric early morning dance ritual. The closer, ‘Edge of Keys‘ continues the shuffling rhythmic patterning of the latter track, but couples with a loose form Rhodes piano, finishing off the EP on a gentle tone, as if coming to terms with loss, bittersweet and full of joy.