A re-release of the long deleted Ritornell cd from 2000, many fans and critics regard New Zealander Dean Roberts' second solo album "And the black moths play the grand cinema" as his best so far. This re-issue comes with complete new artwork and is available on vinyl for the first time. Guest musicians include Tim Barnes, Charles Curtis and Matt Valentine.
" 'And the black moths play the grand cinema' is a tremendous achievement. Everything fits. It’s less of an attempt to blend genres - post-rock, prepared-guitar improv, glitchadelica — than a demonstration of how; for the truly imaginative, genres remain utterly meaningless. Roberts has always had a fine ear for sonic exploration, but 'Moths' sees him on peak form. Even when he leaves the instruments to drone, their individual character and juxtaposition as interesting as the appealing density of their combined harmonics. On this album, the overall essence is truly far more than the sum of its parts." (Brian Duguid, The Wire)
Beginning with the post punk rock trio Thela and moving through White Winged Moth and into his solo recordings, Dean Roberts has marked himself as a guitarist of unique talents. His latest album, "Be Mine Tonight", has been released on Kranky in 2003. Roberts has played a variety of solo gigs and played with some of the heavyweights of electrical/acoustic improvisation. Currently he has been working with Werner Dafeldecker (Polwechsel) and Martin Brandlmayr (Radian, Trapist) on a trio album, to be released under the moniker of the Autistic Daughters on Staubgold (vinyl) and Kranky (cd) in November 2004.