Rope, Inc.
Rope, Inc.

Rope, Inc.

Songs of Love & War

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  1. Believe
  2. Promise
  3. Strange
  4. Hold
  5. Become
  6. Escape
  7. Circumstance
  8. Stay
  9. Wrong
  10. Unknown
  11. Begin

Seattle Sound - May 2007 Between singing lead vocals for Seattle trio Saeta and playing bass for pop-punk outfit, Ms. Led, Matt Menovcik forms half of the shadowy, looping ROPE, INC.. On the duo's second album, Menovcik lays down electric piano and the gravelly vocals that haunt the album here in Seattle, while renowned producer Kramer (Low, Gwar, Pulp Fiction's "Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon"" rcorded his own guitar work and arrangements in Florida. The result: a wandering dream-sequence of a record evocative of Beck, circa Sea Change. While most of the songs lean towards the sublime and ghostly, Songs of Love & War is saved from being dull or gloomy by its glittering piano work (notably in "Become"), the occasional catchy beat ("Hold") and above all, Menovcik's abrasive and spectral vocals throughout. -Erin Thompson

The tandem of Matt Menovcik and Kramer has created this rather abstract, ambient, and interesting collection of songs. Not quite electronica, but with enough textures to make songs such as "Believe" come to life rather quickly. Think of Moby circa "Porcelain", or perhaps a more obscure band like No-Man, and you'll get the idea. In fact, the music is so seamless one doesn't even notice that "Promise" has begun, another charming, reflective tune. That doesn't mean everything turns to gold here, with "Strange" being a strange affair resembling a b-side from Nine Inch Nails. However, Rope, Inc. comes back to life with the Depeche Mode-ish "Hold". Another strong effort is the hushed duet during "Escape", bringing to mind Dido fronting Portishead. The often raspy delivery might be an acquired taste for some, but "Circumstance" and the carnival-tinged "Stay" are well worth it. Even the eerie, haunting "Unknown", with its Gregorian-like hues that evoke memories of Enigma, is a keeper. 7 OUT OF 10 STARS - PopMatters

"There really is a Kramer sound. It's not so much a particular way of twisting the knobs as it is marrying a feel to the songs involved. Kramer has always managed to mutate his style to fit his subjects, and the results become even more interesting when he joins up with Menovcik... these songs possess a sort of untouchable beauty. There's a real ache to the sound on this album. It really brings out the quiet desperation of Menovcik's songs." - AIDING AND ABETTING

"ROPE, INC. is part The Cure and part Eno." -

"Songs of Love and War is electronica-oriented pop/rock and art rock that never rocks; rather, it floats and does so in a way that is spacey, atmospheric and sometimes ethereal." - All Music Guide

"Menovcik has a slightly raspy almost hushed voice that works very well with this sort of music. Kramer's acute attention to details gives the music the heart and soul it deserves." - Babysue

"These are often pretty, sometimes delicate songs that are almost perfectly presented. There must have been a lot of cutting and pasting, but the sound is wonderfully organic." - Aiding and Abetting