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Music Geek Track of the Day: ‘Elle’ by Rone and The National’s Bryce Dessner Sounds Dystopian

Music Geek Track of the Day: ‘Elle’ by Rone and The National’s Bryce Dessner Sounds Dystopian

Rone is a French electronic artist whose work sounds like the turning point in a dystopian sci-fi flick, when the protagonist realizes that he’ll likely have to sacrifice either himself or someone he loves in order to prevent the ineluctable mass extinction of humanity/its moral capability. So, you know, some fun, light listening!

If you liked the dark, eerie spaces that characterized The National‘s most recent album, Trouble Will Find Me, you can doff your cap to Rone for lending his expertise to portions of the recording process. And so, perhaps as a thank you or a palliative way of the universe consistently delivering good music even as we inch closer to our own assured dystopian fates (I’m talking aliens, singularity, even more Adam Sandler movies, fennel), Bryce Dessner, one of The National’s guitarists, teamed up with Rone on “Elle” for a very ambient, disquieting track.

The song emanates sluggishly out of your speakers like heat coming off of a scorching surface on a steamy day. It builds slowly and subtly at first, but then horns kick in, somewhat triumphantly, as though to signify that the impending threat has been thwarted and that we will in fact be able to continue surviving on earth for the time being.

Rone’s new LP, Creatures will be out February 10.

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Comments

  1. Otto says:

    i saw rone opening for com truise a few months back and he was the highlight of the night. sadly, we arrived a little late and only caught the end of his set but those few minutes were better than com truise’s entire set. can’t wait for his album to come out! also, i had no idea he helped on trouble will find me. that makes the album all the better.

  2. Helo says:

    This is fantastic