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Dean Roberts

Be Mine Tonight CD

Be Mine Tonight is a recording of songs. Slow, often wrenching songs where the brush of a cymbal, a voice or a plucked string can have great impact. Through arrangement, processing and editin9 Dean Roberts has crafted out rock that presents listeners with familiar forms as it challenges them with oblique gestures. Improvisational and electronic strategies are ably utilized to push the dimensions of rock songs played by a group of people together in one room. Be Mine Tonight is the very first production of a young engineer and composer Valeno Tricoli, it was recorded in Bologna, Italy from Dec.2000 to Dec.2002. Giuseppe lelasi, of Fringes Recordings and a legend of Italian improvisational guitar, contributed prepared guitar, as did Christian Alati. The deft drumming by Antonio Arrabbito marks his recording debut. Roberts played acoustic and electric guitars, piano,percussion, bass, harmonium and glass harmonica. CONTEXT: Beginning with the post punk rock trio Thea and moving through White Winged Moth and into his solo recordings, Dean Roberts has marked himself as a guitarist of unique talents. Be Mine Tonight is the first recording from the New Zealander (now based in Vienna) since 2000. Roberts has played with some of the heavyweights of electrical/acoustic improvisation. Be Mine Tonight shows how Roberts has moved from electronic texturing into songwriting and arrangement, combining rock music and sound manipulation. a tremendous achievement. Everything fits. It's less of an attempt to blend genres - post-rock, prepared guitar improv, glitchadelica - than a demonstration of how; for the truly imaginative, genres remain utterly meaningless." - Brian Duguid The Wire April 2000
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