DKA is proud to present Memorials by Rosa Damask, the post-punk project of Nastia Reigel from St. Petersburg, Russia. Rosa Damask serves as a project where Reigel can explore a more personal music and diverse influences that fall outside of her techno releases. With Rosa Damask, Reigel charts a darker territory employing slower rhythms, ethereal drones, and fuzzed out guitar. Memorials was recorded between 2018-2020 hot on the heels of a release on Hospital Productions, and the release serves as a diary of sorts, with each song telling a story or memory, all serving as a "Memorial" to events in Reigel’s life.
Rosa Damask was heavily influenced by artists like Silent Servant and Regis (specifically Karl O'Connor's Sandra Plays Electronics project) but, to us here at DKA, Memorials sounds more like a cassette demo of early The Jesus & Mary Chain somehow overdubbed over a mangled old Vita Noctis tape, or if Kevin Shields were playing over Young Marble Giants’ splintered drum machine rhythms. Memorials may also be comparable to more modern artists such as Carla dal Forno or Tropic of Cancer, but Rosa Damask turns up the grit and intensity for a harsher take on this shadowy sound.
The most striking thing about Memorials is that Reigel’s experiences on the dance floor still shine through the spring reverb drums, distorted guitars, and whispered yet confident vocals. We were floored when we first heard the genuinely haunting and beautiful sounds of Rosa Damask and knew it had to come out on DKA. As with all of our artists we are happy to welcome Rosa Damask to DKA and hope you enjoy this release as much as we do.
released July 2, 2021
Recorded by Nastia Reigel
Photography by Nastia Reigel
Mixed by Travis Thatcher
Art & Layout by Chris Daresta