Good stories always have a bit of prehistory. Good albums too, because they tell a good story. That’s why, every now and again in our standardised music world, an album appears whose history began even before the very first note arose. That is definitely true in the case of the new CD from the Luxembourgian project ROME.
Even the title, ‘The Hyperion Machine’, releases a whole gamut of associations. This chain stretches from Greek antiquity via the poet Friedrich Hölderlin, dramatist Heiner Müller and right up to Einstürzende Neubauten. That’s quite a curve! And then a bell strikes. The music begins to run its course. What begins here is more than just the regular statement from some musician; irrespective of genre. It’s something holistic, which between eternity and the blink of an eye, between whispering and screaming, reveals its diverse facets with each passing second.