Rothko – ‘Bury My Heart In The Mountains’


A sprawling atmospheric success, Bury My Heart In The Mountains is the newest album from Rothko, the London-based project of Mark Beazley. Its six tracks compel in their range and knack for striking textural development, spanning from the cinematic western-y twangs of “Säntis” to the murky, spacious eeriness of “Lyskamm” and ghostly guitar infusions within “Monte Tamaro.” The project has been putting out music since 1998 — releasing with labels such as Bella Union and Lo Recordings — and this particular album was designed as a cassette release on the Jukebox Heart label, and is available now digitally.

It’s evident from the get-go, with the opening “Monte San Giorgio,” that the momentum and soundscapes throughout Bury My Heart In The Mountains are one-of-a-kind. The smooth, morning-set brass tones exude a radiance into trickling guitars, as an ominous textural backing engrosses. A bass-y warmness and ghostly electronics send chills at the mid-point, traversing into a lulling finale that captivates. On the flipside, the concluding “Monte Brè” enamors with field recordings of bird-chirping alongside a gentle, Lynchian-feeling glistening. Bury My Heart In The Mountains is a ravishing atmospheric showcase, compelling from start to finish.

“Monte San Giorgio” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Obscure Ambient.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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