Austin, TX, avant-garde musical act SINE, helmed by the enigmatic Rona Rougeheart, has just unveiled a new six-song album. Entitled Luxuria, this ominous opus has been meticulously curated under the watchful eye of Danish industrial virtuoso and producer Claus Larsen of Leæther Strip.
The album’s very title tantalizingly hints at the opulent and ominous undertones that permeate its lyrical themes. Resonant sub-bass notes reverberate like the pulse of a metropolis, and industrial rhythms pound with an unforgiving intensity.
“When I sent Claus my demos for the album I didn’t have any particular direction for him,” says Rougeheart. “I didn’t want to have any influence. I wanted him to be inspired in the moment. When he sent me the final production of the songs it was everything I hoped would come out of our collaboration and more!”
The collaboration during a conversation between Rougeheart and artists Time and AwareNess. They had contemplated collaboration for a while, but one day AwareNess sent her samples and asked for her opinion. “I liked it but I told him “You can go darker…like way darker,” she remembers. “He quickly returned with a sample of the darkest, sexiest soundtrack that was so incredible! It’s one of my favorites!”
“Working on these great songs was hyper-inspiring for me,” says Larsen. “Such a pleasure to be let into her dark universe and slow captivating grooves. Rona (Rougeheart) has a huge talent and working with a fellow artist with such a passion is an honour.”
Along with Larsen, AwareNess also produced a song entitled Dark Matters, the last song to be added to the album. “It was great working with such a talented artist,” AwareNess says. “This song was not within my typical genre and I plan on doing more.”
Listen to Luxuria below:
The album saw additional production, mixing, and mastering by Denver-based artist and producer, Chase Dobson. Dobson’s resume includes production work for Curse Mackey’s two solo albums, Dobson’s numerous solo endeavors, as well as live production with artists such as Kanye West, Rihanna, M83, Tycho, Rüfüs Du Sol, and Röyksopp.
Luxuria is out now on digital, CD, and vinyl.
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