Group Rhoda, “Work”

Ari Spool

A beautiful artificial tableau.

Group Rhoda is not a group at all, but a solo project from San Francisco's Mara Barenbaum. The project is stark and clean, and Barenbaum's voice echoes over the tracks with melodrama. “Work” especially reminds me of the machinations of a group that was extremely popular during the last cycle of electronic discovery, Adult. from Detroit. In that band, Nicola Kuperus sang in a specifically robotic way without vocoder or auto-tune, pretending to the machine instead of importing the effect. With Group Rhoda, Barenbaum's glamorously mechanical singing is overlaid with a more gothic ghoulish tone, the dips at the beginning of her words indicating that at any time she could switch the lyrics to “I vant to suck yer blooood!” It's a neat trick that gives the song body over a simple repetitive beat and lyrics.

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Group Rhoda, “Work”

Group Rhoda's first LP, Out of Time, Out of Touch, will be released at the end of August by Night School Records. She plays Friday August 3 with one of our current favorites, Lumerians, in Oakland at the Uptown. You can find a few more tracks to check out on Night School's Soundcloud.

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