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photo credit: Alexandre Ollier



We live in times where facts don’t seem to matter much anymore. Let’s hope that French writer Alain Damasio is right when he claims that art can change perception and ideas much more profoundly than science and information, a thought he expressed in a TV discussion with scientist Aurelien Barrau on the imminent end of the world. It inspired “Nouveau Monde,” a key piece of Rone’s new album, with their voices appearing throughout the track. It doesn’t have to be the end of the world they say, but we need to wake up: “It’s just a matter of consuming a little less, damn it.“

Rone is electronic producer Erwan Castex, and his fifth album is titled Room With A View, which marks a major moment in the Frenchman’s career. The album was produced alongside a live show commissioned by the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and developed together with choreography collective (LA) HORDE and 20 dancers of the Ballet National de Marseille. This new kind of collaborative approach allowed Rone to produce his most sincere and far-reaching music in some time. Inspired by discussions of collapsologie and climate change, Room With A View offers food for thought on how to deal with one of the most pressing issues of humanity.

Room With A View sees Rone returning to his musical roots and the set-up of his early albums: purely electronic, solitarily conceived without any musical collaborators. At the same time, he was able to leave his comfort zone through a new kind of artistic liaison. The production of the corresponding show inspired the album and vice versa, one fed into the other. Room With A View works perfectly as a standalone album, still the outcome is a firmly intertwined piece of modern dance and electronic music that comes with a more serious goal than mere musical innovation.

Current Release

Room With A View
Street Date: April 24, 2020

Track List:

1. Lucid Dream
2. La Marbrerie
3. Sophora Japonica
4. Ginkgo Biloba
5. Nouveau Monde
6. Room With A View
7.  Le Crapaud Doré
8. Liminal Space
9. Human
10. Babel
11. Esperenza
12. Raverie
13. Solastalgia


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(photo credit: (1) Alexandre Ollier