Composer, filmmaker, director and solo performer Mikel Rouse announces the May 1, 2012 release of his first double album, Boost|False Doors (Exit Music 1015-1016), through iTunes and all major retailers. Boost|False Doors will be available via iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, CD Baby, CD Connection and CD Universe and on disc through All Major Retail Stores and through Exit Music Recordings on May 1. Both CDs will be available for Pre-Order from iTunes on April 15 (to commemorate the Hedge Fund theme of Boost).
“False Doors has been described as my Buddhist record, probably because of an impression of acceptance that pervades the recording,” explains Rouse. “And Boost was about the anticipation of a loss of love through the metaphor of hedge funds and banking. The recordings are a year apart, but somehow, they seemed to become bookends, so I thought I’d release them together.”
Rouse’s musical and theatrical repertoire has its roots in the high art-meets-popular culture, mix-and-match aesthetic of the early ‘80s downtown Manhattan music and art scene from which he emerged. As the Toronto Globe and Mail puts it, Rouse’s music has brought “comparisons to Laurie Anderson, Steve Reich and occasionally Talking Heads, though Rouse's love of complex rhythmic patterns far exceeds them all.” And Rouse has been credited with anticipating the orchestrated pop music of Postclassical 30 years before the term was coined. As the New York Times noted in 2010: “If Mr. Rouse had built his career in a different era, he might be playing these songs to indie-rock fans alongside bands like Dirty Projectors or an earlier Sufjan Stevens.” But music is just a part of what he does: His pieces also build a hypnotic effect through their non-narrative approach and the use of surreal film images. The Los Angeles Times notes, “Indeed, what makes Rouse's music so fascinating is that it completely merges speech and song into a rich overlay of textures. The songs have a lush pop music texture (some have noticed a seeming Rouse influence on Beck). The melodies are immediate but complexly structured like poetry; his beautiful lyrics are highly musical in tone and rhythm.” And after the premiere of Rouse’s multimedia opera, The End of Cinematics, The New York Times reported, “Sometimes built on heavy, repetitive beats, and sometimes couched in Beatle-esque psychedelia, the songs are vivid, pleasingly visceral and often engagingly harmonized, with amusingly off-kilter lyrics.”
In 2006, Rouse’s International Cloud Atlas was commissioned by The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the John Cage Trust and Betty Freeman, and premiered at The Joyce Theater in New York. The piece was scored for multiple iPods set to “shuffle” so that each audience member had a different realization of the score. International Cloud Atlas was released exclusively on iTunes and was available for download prior to the premiere.
In 2010, the New York Pubic Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center announced the acquisition of Rouse’s archive including analog recordings, films, manuscripts and correspondence. Also in 2010, Rouse presented the New York premiere of Gravity Radio at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival.
For full bio and more info on Mikel Rouse, please visit www.mikelrouse.com.