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RODES ROLLINS

There aren’t too many country singers that wax-poetic

about the larger than life figures of our world. It seems

like the cultural focus of the genre has shifted toward different

stories with different motifs. Yet artists like Rodes

Rollins are trying to change that with songs like “Mystery

Man.” Appearing like a country-pop mirage on the horizon,

Rollins’ vocals are watery and obscure, detailing a

man in a “forsaken land” that cannot be shot dead. The

track is less about a character’s arc and more about this

legendary figure’s reputation, and it plays out over haunting

instrumentals that border on psychedelic with twangy

guitars that become surprisingly soothing. With its soft

sonic palette, Rodes’ 2018 material has the tempo of ballads

and the melodies of lullabies, but a sense of unease

and tension conferred by her vocals and the edgy and

dark production transform these tracks in unmissable noir

psychedelic gems. (TUCKER PENNINGTON)

There’s a very intriguing Spaghetti Western element to many

of your tracks. How did that get in there?

I’m immensely inspired my Morricone. Often, when I’m writing I

Photo: Mark Peaced

Electro-Harmonix Lester K

/ Danelectro Spring King /

Spaceman Orion

Noir Folk Dream Pop Spaghetti Western

think about Western landscapes and sounds. His music always

takes me there.

What did you grow up listening to?

I grew up listening to Nirvana, The Beatles, and Cat Stevens.

Mostly stuff my dad would play for my sister and I.

Although sparse, most of your songs feature a subtle but

“intense” production. Is there a team working on your recorded

sound?

I work mostly with producer Alex Goose and engineer Keith

Armstrong. I write and arrange the songs in Brooklyn, and then

I bring them over to LA where we record and work on the production.

Alex is a real tastemaker and has an amazing ear for

references. He collects records and can pull the most obscure

references about that always help with production. Keith, is

an incredible engineer with every guitar pedal imaginable. He

knows how to achieve any sound, and he’s a real analog guy.

Speaking of pedals, what are your favorite ones right now?

Pretty much everything is drenched in verb, we used a lot the

Spaceman Orion Spring Reverb and the Danelectro Spring

King. I’m also a fan of the Electro-Harmonix Lester K, which I

use to achieve a nice leslie rotator effect.

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