Terra Sola

by Rosetta

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After completing an incredible 2-year, 36-country, 200-show touring cycle in support of UTOPIOID, Rosetta returns with a new EP: TERRA SOLA. Breathing more freely outside the structure of an album, the title track layers a multitude of moods, its cinematic sweep hearkening back to Rosetta deep cuts like "TMA-3" and "So Warm a Solitude." At the same time, it explores new textures and new conceptual ground, connecting the human themes of Utopioid with questions about the future of the planet and our people on it.

TERRA SOLA also features two brand-new 'chamber' tracks, connected in concept but showcasing the quieter and more intimate sonic incarnation of Rosetta. "57844" mines the harmonic structures of UTOPIOID's "54543" for new sounds and meanings, while the instrumental "Where Is Hope?" merges gentle acoustic guitar and lo-fi electronica, rare sounds in the Rosetta catalog.

As always, this is a completely independent, pay-what-you-wish release.


released October 1, 2019

On this recording:
Mike Armine - vocals, sampling
Eric Jernigan - electric & acoustic guitars, vocals
B.J. McMurtrie - drums, vocals
Matt Weed - guitar, bass, piano

Engineered and mixed by Matt Weed
Mastered by Colin Marston at The Thousand Caves
Acoustic guitar engineered by Will Benoit at The Radar Studio
Photography by Jonathan Dang

Special heartfelt thanks to all the amazing friends and fellow travelers of these last two years -- you have changed our lives for the better.


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Pursuing the intersection of beauty and heaviness since 2003. 5 people, 16 years, 15 releases, 1200+ shows, 45 countries.

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Track Name: Terra Sola
I learned to take advantage
Of your generosity
Still you granted more
More than I ever deserved
Mitigate the damage
Received no apology
Sinking heat absorb
My world undisturbed

Let alone cries the wind
So loud, let it sit still
Deaf in tone, blind to light
So poor, who speaks for you?
Dust came and went
Waves bound our mouths
Rust in our eyes
The flood, the shame
Hold me down under the wave
The word of god in rain
The mold, the haze
The light, the smell, the stain
My life in debris
The trust, the joy, the pain
The crow, the prey
The now, and then, the way
Your time in decay
When the air that we breathe is so thick with the shame
We expire
Track Name: 57844
Won't slow down
Ever ready, it turns round
Gaining speed
Descending upward, unyielding
There's no sleep
No solace waiting in this heat
Distraction leads, becomes the object of intrigue
Every minute faster than the one before
Machine is burning hotter, still demanding more
It knows no end
Perpetual motion moves ever on
Refuses to concede the design may be flawed
Can't comprehend

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