Agitated Atmosphere: Rotate the Completor – Completed Rotations of the…

As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealth of sights and sound from luminaries such as Rotate the Completor.

The life of the busker is one of mythology. Long is the line of bards who have sung the praises of street entertainment — of course, there are long lines of subway patrons, sidewalk shoppers, and busy people who would rather think of far more pressing matters than the beauty inherent in the life of the street musician. The time honored tradition has netted us all a bit of annoyance but it has also opened up the world to the likes of Mary Lou Lord and Wesley Willis; worlds so different than ours and somehow intimately connected to our everyday minutia.

Enter New Zealand’s happenstance discovery, Rotate the Completor. After a few cassette releases, Rotate the Completor has been quiet to the growing contingent of underground music aficionados who have reached out to him. Despite the desire to perform for an audience, an artist that would prefer to stay disconnected from the crowd only continues to fuel his myth as he keeps mum about influence and style. All we’re left with is Completed Rotations of the…, a collection of the pseudonym’s work released for a wider audience by Roaratorio.

Listen to “6”:

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Completed Rotations of the… is a captivating listen. Contrary to preconceived notions of street music as the work of genius or the work of madmen, Rotate the Completor bounces between the two poles with ease. The sporadic guitar melodies, rudimentary percussion, and rhythmic lyrics display a deeper understanding of pop aesthetics. This isn’t cookie cutter cover songs or the random declarations of a lost soul but the concentrated power of a musician connected to musical history without the stuffiness of success seeking; just an honest and insular musician looking to earn a bit of a living with his quirky, warped pop.

Justin Spicer is a freelance journalist who also runs the webzine, Electronic Voice Phenomenon. He writes the Monday News Mash-Up for the KEXP Blog. You may follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Clyde Crossan
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    With regard to Rotate The Completor.

    I heard this guy live and to be honest I was a little bewildered as to what he was about but hell! his music lingers. A couple of songs kept repeating themselves in my head and after getting a copy of his tracks I’m now a devoted fan. Cohen has it – can’t put my finger on it! Rotate The Completor has it! same – can’t put my finger on it.

  2. Stan Ingham
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    And where might that have been Mr Crossan?

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