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Romare is Archie Fairhurst, a musician who applies a similar technique to his music as his namesake artist did to his artwork. After stints as both a drummer and guitarist throughout school and university, Romare eventually moved to Paris, where he picked up the turntables and began mixing his own music with samples from second hand records.
His debut album, Projections, was named after a pivotal exhibition of Romare Bearden's and likewise explores various elements of American life. The album was in many ways a homage – or a love song – to the cycle of cultural appropriation in America.
Love Songs: Part Two shows Romare expanding, deepening and developing his techniques. Although sampling from vinyl still plays a key role in his work, he has played much more of the music on this new record, from monophonic synthesisers to his grandmother’s recorder and his dad’s mandolin, with electric bass, plus a variety of guitars and keyboards taking central roles, too.
Last updated: July, 2017