Planningtorock, Misxgny Drxp Dead, Human Level
Janine Rostrom (i.e. Planningtorock) is debuting her bold new EP ‘Misxgyny Drxp Dead’ on May 8th – International Women’s Day. As a giant “fuck you” to misogyny, no one could do any better. In this writers’ opinion, the last few years have been leaning a bit too close to the dystopian universe explored in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and the latest release from the Berlin (via Bolton, UK) based electro-performance artist is a welcome declaration to cut the sexist crap.
Rostrom has always struck me as a hybrid of Yoko Ono and Bjork as channeled via Marina Abramovic. She’s a challenging artist/provocateur whose music tends to polarize listeners. If The Knife has its skewed moments, then Planningtorock flaunts those weird moments in high-flying abandon. There is a sense of uncompromising urgency at work, and urgent it is. Starting off with lilting pan pipes, it is easy to be lulled into pacification. Then brittle sonics kick in, followed by distorted, banshee vocals, evoking a sense of dread. The underlying dread is balanced out by a gradually growing playfulness that morphs into deep dub drum -n-bass before reaching its arc in a keyboard arpeggio.
Not easily palatable in any conventional sense of the word, the high-pitched nasal intonations can be a bit hard to take. I’m sure Rostrom wouldn’t want it any other way. She’s not out to please, she’s out to make a statement in her unique way. It’s fair to say that if you haven’t heard anything prior to this new single, I wouldn’t recommend this as a jumping-off point. Planningtorock requires commitment from the listener, and it takes several listens to get into this particular track. I’ll just warn you, that if it intrigues you and you give it some time, it will become addictive. Enter at your own risk!