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Roman Remains


H.O.T. Records Ltd.

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Roman Remains is The Duke Spirit's Liela Moss' and Toby Butler's side project. The duo's debut, Zeal, explores the latter's electronic curiosities and the former's introspective observations. Far more electrified than the two's previous writings, Zeal is a darker and wilder venture that borders on the soft side of industrial. The tautness that is ever-present on The Duke Spirit's music also shows itself here, even more so, with a moody tint that borders on the dangerous. "Gazebo" is an emotionally fraught electric ballad and the ominous "Animals" hiccups with honking synth lines. "Agrimony" is a barely contained keyboard operation, especially Bananarama-like in the chorus; that is the closest Zeal comes to pop. Much of Zeal, however, is spare and angular with sharp, jagged edges that brutally scratch each other. Zeal is too gentle and rhythmic for the true industrialist and too harsh and not melodic enough for the indie pop enthusiast. (

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