"Shadow of a Rose" to czwarta, wydana w 1985 r. płyta holenderskiej nowofalowej grupy Mekanik Kommando, która właśnie na tym albumie postanowiła porzucić elektroniczny post-punk na rzecz psychedelicznego folku. W efekcie powstała cudowna hybryda łącząca brzmienia akustycznych instrumentów ze zgrzebną analogową elektroniką. Niezwykle oryginalna i bezprecedensowa mieszanka.
At the time of its initial release, Mekanik Kommando's fanbase was unsure about how to respond to their fourth full-length „Shadow of a Rose“. Only a few years earlier, the band had performed behind the barricades in support of anarchist squatters. They didn't seem to care about knowing how to play their instruments. They had kept away from conventions. They had bridged the divide between the brooding, desolate concoctions of New Wave and the electronic metrics of Kraftwerk. „Shadow of a Rose“ bore no trivial
resemblance whatsoever to their origins and it might as well, since the group had effectively split down the middle, with founding member Lasika Panyigay having left the previous year . Heavily influenced by the Kommando's involvement in theatre-productions, the LP instead featured a dreamy sound, a warm and colourful instrumental palette, cinematic arrangements and progressive
song-structures. It didn't go down well at home in the Netherlands, where local media paid all but no attention. In the rest of Europe, however, it would quickly come to be regarded as a classic, turning the formation into a cult-act.
„Shadow of a Rose“ is therefore quite clearly a work that captures the band in a phase of transition. „I had this idea of independence. After all, what will happen when all the power plants collapse and there's no electricity? Then I will still have my acoustic guitar“, Peter van....... więcej