Label: Hassle Release date: 24/05/10 Link: Myspace Rolo Tomassi are back after the release of their debut Hysterics. For a second album, maturity and development is always an expected component, however Cosmology seems to pick up pretty much exactly where Hysterics left off. It’s just as chaotic and unsettling as their debut, growls and syncopated stabs from guitars scattered all over the songs. Cosmology flows more coherently than Hysterics, perhaps too well at times – it’s difficult to tell the difference between one brash, scream laden song and the other. ‘Party Wounds’ is one of the album highlights, the drums pounding and driving underneath the shared vocals. The most effective aspect of this track is indeed the vocals – Eve Spence flitting effortlessly between curdling growls and sweet melodic lines. ‘Unromance’ with its melodious guitar lines and discordant keyboard parts swirls into a wonderful cacophony of noise, something that Rolo Tomassi obviously excel at. The introduction of ‘Kasia’ makes for a welcome break from all the clattering and yelping, exchanging the raucous and uncontrollable guitar hits for a slower paced opening. This quickly remedies itself and becomes the Rolo Tomassi we’ve grown accustomed to – screams, growls and yelps all accompanied by heavy instrumentation. The title track to close the album is refreshing, and unusually for Rolo Tomassi, it’s incredibly slow building and bare, making it the lightest song we’ve heard from the band. It proves that Rolo Tomassi can fashion melodic and elegant songs. However, what it does also prove is that Rolo Tomassi are perhaps more interesting with all the growls, yelps and unharmonious instrumentation. Cosmology is an album that shows development, but with the experimental style of Rolo Tomassi, perhaps more elaboration and cohesiveness was needed. The record shows subtle glimmers towards The Blood Brothers, but never quite manages to hit the mark. It would be wrong to say that it’s not without merit – RoloTomassi have put together a curious assortment of songs, never tied down by a genre. The experimentation aspect of Cosmology is engaging, but perhaps a bit more trial and error is needed before Rolo Tomassi truly live up to their potential. Photobucket