Since releasing his Happy Robots Records debut album ‘Spacetronic Lunchbox’ in 2020 (a burst of sonic nostalgia boasting 11 songs in 10 minutes), Roman Angelos‘ music has been praised by various BBC 6 and BBC Tees hosts, as well as such high profile publications at Freq, The Electricity Club, Electronic Sound and the ever awesome psychedelic Shindig! Magazine. Groovy and escapist muzak as it may be, this music is spacey, it’s chill, it’s clever and it’s fun – it’s about time someone is doing this.
Now the London-based label presents his sophomore album ‘Music for Underwater Supermarkets’. This ten-track collection paints a sonic dreamscape where the mundane act of grocery shopping meets the future. A dreamy aquatic meditation that is an ode to joyous childhood memories, this record was recorded live to tape, all together in one room, with most of the tracks being first takes.
Not long ago, the video for lead track ‘Swimming Through The Aisles’ was also revealed. Like the rest of the album, here Roman Angelos presents an infectious relaxing blissed-out soundtrack that sits somewhere in awesome mid-ground between lounge and elevator music (referencing that in the best way possible). Standout tracks include Swimming Through The Aisles, Entrance, The Underwater Supermarket, Dreaming In The Lake and The Aimless Aquanaut.
Roman Angelos is the solo project of producer Rich Bennett, developed as a vehicle for Rich to explore his obsession with library recordings of the 60’s and 70s, muzak and exotica. Exotic, dreamy, and wistful, this is the sound of a jazz sextet as channeled through synths and drum machines, creating a spacey feel.
Beyond the world of library electronica, Rich has been involved in a diverse group of musical projects, including the newly reunited outsider/60s proto-punk group The Shaggs, dream pop outfit Mahogany, and Brazilian funk group Limoncello, in addition to production work with Stereolab’s Morgane Lhote (aka Hologram Teen).
‘Music for Underwater Supermarkets’ continues and extends Roman’s obsession with the library and soundtrack music of the past. This time, he fuses that aesthetic with childhood memories of being pushed around in shopping carts and visiting strip malls. Vibraphones chime alongside woodwinds and vintage synthesizers, creating an immersive sound that feels exotic and smooth.
“This record is very near and dear to my heart because it is filled with so many personal childhood memories. A lot of the musical ideas and vibe are drawn from aural memories I had while shopping with my parents when I was younger,” says Rich Bennett.
“The underwater idea came to me while I started working on the tunes – so much of the writing seemed to have this hazy yet buoyant quality, and the idea of placing a supermarket underwater seemed to give the music both a bit of whimsy and seriousness. Which I’d say I always try and straddle”.
Produced by Rich Bennett at Acme Hall Studios in Brooklyn, this album was recorded by Colin Marston (Jarboe, Sailors With Wax Wings) and mastered by Justin Colletti (Soundpool, Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Dead Leaf Echo).
The ‘Music for Underwater Supermarkets’ LP, distributed by Cargo Records, is now available digitally and on green viny. Limited to 200 copies, it was pressed at Deepgrooves, rated as the “greenest vinyl pressing plant in the world” due to their eco-friendly vinyl pressing policies. The album can be found on Spotify and Apple Music, and can be ordered in all formats via Bandcamp.
Thanks to the folks at Shameless Promotion PR for bringing this artist to our attention. Check out more goodness from Happy Robots Records via Spotify, including Rodney Cromwell, Mood Taeg, Alice Hubble, Hologram Teen, Sinosa, Tiny Magnetic Pets and more.
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