R PLUS releases debut album ‘THE LAST SUMMER’ with his sister DIDO
Check out the album HERE!
‘‘Pine forests, clouds like islands, Spanish boys on mopeds, vodka shots & charcoal fires, palm trees, heat on the asphalt, larks and lizards and wasps in the grass, asleep in the dunes and empty pools, old men in old village squares, forever playing cards.
Pickpockets and Burger King, empty beaches, skinny dipping, short dresses, widows on benches, girls spending their time watching the lifeguards. All day hitchhiking, beach music and bodysurfing, open car windows and fights in bars, all for one and one for all, stray dogs, fans turning, all dressed up for the dance.
Getting dry with sandy towels, sunglasses and cigarettes, stealing food from empty tables: every day like the rest but no day like the last .’
The Last Summer is an album looking back on a summer past: trying to capture the heat, the haze, the friendship and love, the madness and euphoria- sometimes a bit of peace but never much sleep: and, of course, it’s all a little bittersweet, because it’s over, it’s gone, it’s done.
“A musical memory for all those who have had a holiday that has been life changing.”
The Last Summer is the first of a planned series of albums by Rollo under the moniker R Plus and is set for release via Loaded Records on 11th October. The first singles from the album, Summer Dress and Those Were The Days, were released without revealing the musicians behind it, although eagle-eared listeners spotted the distinctive vocals of Dido on the song. Yes, the collaborative “Plus” in this release is none other than the producer’s sister. A new single from the LP, My Boy, is out now.
*** CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR SINGLE ‘MY BOY’ HERE ***
R Plus began when Rollo was working with Dido on her recently released Top 3 album, Still On My Mind. While the siblings worked on her songs, Rollo expressed his desire to make a new album of his own, an evocative take on the music he loves best.
Taking its cue from albums like Royksopp’s ‘Melody AM’ or Air’s ‘Moon Safari’, or Moby’s ‘Play’ or, maybe The Orb’s ‘Adventures in…’ – records where you can drop yourself deep into a warm, particular, idiosyncratic and coherent sound – this is an album that wants to be a whole album – with a beginning, middle and (you guessed it) an end.
In The Last Summer, Rollo and Dido, along with Sister Bliss (Faithless), have created an album with melody at its core: it’s textured but easy, uplifting and a little yearning. It has a sense of things you know, you recognise, all wrapped up in a funky ball of light and wonder …
Watch the scene-setting video for Summer Dress HERE.
TRACKLISTING: LANDING // TOGETHER // MY BOY // CLOUDS LIKE ISLANDS //
SUMMER DRESS // DIVING // OZZIE GIRL // …ON BACK OF A SCOOTER (FAST) //
THOSE WERE THE DAYS // CARDS // TEACHER’S POEM // LOOK UP!