“Music can be deeply therapeutic, and seems to be a space where pain and beauty coexist in tension. There’s a paradox in that killing our pain often involves killing our sensitivity to sublime beauty and wonder. Music can be a means by which people confront pain with beauty, or falsehood and injustice with truth.” – Rosetta
Rosetta never fails in releasing some of the best music my ears have ever heard. Their latest album, “The Anaesthete” is emotionally crushing with vocal outbursts that tear into your soul accompanied by the most beautiful ambient-like guitar and bass that could collapse the heart. But in fact, the opposite occurs when spending a good amount of time with their music. The heart spontaneously bursts wide open while listening and the soul floats carelessly for a while afterwards. A cleansing occurs and the listener feels a weight lifted from their shoulders. They now have a connection through music that comforts them through agonizing pain and discomfort, whatever the circumstances may be.
According to the band’s website the song titles come from the book Sword and Brush by Dave Lowry, and the album title Anaesthete “can be understood to mean someone who can’t appreciate beauty but also suggests anaesthetic or induced numbness” I have always said that while this band’s albums are amazing, you absolutely must see them live. The sound is incredibly massive and the energy exerted by the band is more than contagious. The whole crowd feels it, and everyone becomes a single connected entity for a short while moving easily and frenetically with the music depending on the song. Rosetta is not just a band, they are an experience and are literally life-changers for some people. I can safely say that their previous album Wake/Lift changed my life forever in a very positive way and I can’t thank them enough for that. The Anaesthete is an album that I couldn’t recommend enough (as well as their entire discography).