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A (brief) personal exploration of the relationship between masculinity and percussion.
"Rousay has established themself as a prolific artist who has released several tapes on various labels over the past couple years (as well as a few self-releases, including this one), sometimes staying within the confines of their percussive idiom, sometimes straying far outside it... Neuter is all drums, all the time, with Rousay switching between jazz flair and ambient space at will, its thirteen-minute runtime a marathon of considered expression. Powerful precision, meet deft touch."
- Ryan Masteller on Tiny Mix Tapes
"When Rousay actually strikes something, they create a collage of rhythmic vignettes and and the strikes are very fast. Rousay mentions they are interested in the emotional crossroads of rhythm, speed, and texture and, through our conversation, the role of gender in the drum; I can’t help but feel that this track is the culmination of a year of style development and putting thoughts behind the music into practice successfully.
Neuter is available digitally and on cassette." - Keith Prosk on Free Jazz Blog
"Each strike, scrape or roll not only fills up space, but asks you to think about the point of that sound manifesting in that space for as long as it is around and as long as you think about it. That’s not just a solo percussion tape you’re hearing; that’s existential expression." - Bill Meyer on Dusted
released November 2, 2018
Recorded live by claire rousay (BMI).
Mixed by claire rousay
Mastered by Alan Jones at Laminal Audio
Photograph by claire rousay
Layout and Type by Brian Holman