Combining the guitar bliss of such bands as Windy & Carl with the experimental no wave sensibilities of U.S. Maple, Rope offers an amazing piece of electro-acoustic material primed for an avant audience. The four tracks of this debut EP move from the metallic spires and plodding bass of "Unknown Source of Egoism" to the ghost-whispered "Imagination of Rhythm" as if one elongated piece or a drone-based concerto. Beats are something Rope distinctly lacks; when Prsemyslaw Drazek's guitar accidentally establishes a pattern it is fractured, displaced, and ultimately destroyed not so much with a psychedelic fade-out as a shrill explosion. Robert Iwanik claims to have never heard Nick Cave or Michael Gira prior to this recording, but the phrasing and consciously spooky techniques are quite similar.
AllMusic Review by Daphne Carr