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Bolton, Manchester, UK

Planningtorock (all one word, often just PTR) is the vehicle of expression of Janine Rostron , a musician and visual artist from Bolton, Manchester, UK who has lived in Berlin for ten years. “W” is her new album, the follow-up to her 2006 debut “Have It All”, which was a full-on chamber-pop romp that established Planningtorock as anything but orthodox.

A ball of energy that landed as if by happy accident in the middle of the art, fashion and music worlds, Planningtorock allowed Janine to travel the globe performing at gig venues and arts events. She built a formidable reputation with a theatrical solo show in which she performed, wearing white and sometimes donning a customised PTR helmet, in front of the mesmeric videos she’d made for each track. Multimedia and sometimes kind of multi-gender, Planningtorock seemed to raise more questions than Janine had answers for, which tickled her. And through doing the live shows, she realised that her songs took on a second life, which in turn fed back into her music.

While she is a new name to many, those who know Planningtorock tend to form a strong emotional connection with her work. No doubt about it, Janine is totally out there on her own, and with W, she’s raised the bar several notches, producing a powerful soul odyssey that ravishes the listener and comfortably ranks as one of the DFA label’s finest releases.

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  • mahgeneration

    v Says someone who listens to Nicki Minaj

    49 minutes ago Reply
  • NiniusNunius

    vv Says someone who listens to Kanye West and Rihanna

    5 Apr 5:06pm Reply
  • scomatsho

    In defence of @DiffusionOfTime. You can't tell people they should be whatever they want to be and have a blueprint for how society should be too. If you are truly for individual expression then you have to accept that people exist with contrasting ideas to your own, no matter how unpalatable and backward they may seem to you.

    2 Apr 11:51am Reply
  • brobs

    i feel like she tries so hard to be different but she's just shit at making music lol

    2 Apr 4:06am Reply
  • DCozmonaut

    I thought she was licking a giant lollipop in the new album cover, pity she isn't

    26 Mar 6:26am Reply
  • Predormitum

    Not sure i dig the voice

    24 Mar 6:23pm Reply
  • andressbv

    All love's legal es perfeeecto!

    22 Mar 3:11pm Reply
  • cabfedhig

    "All Love's Legal"'s messages may be "simplistic and dated," Pitchfork, but they're still much needed, especially in political spheres. @DiffusionOfTime: even if her main ideas "won't work," at least in your seemingly superficially convicted mind, I think it's a healthy, positive thing for people to explore different or more enlightened means than the widely accepted and limiting traditional gender binarism, to express and assess their subjective identities. Your dismissal of her album as hysterical floundering is unjustified and feeble. Art can be a legitimate effort of rage, frustration, and other vital emotions (I actually sensed more lyrical themes of mercy and hippie-ish inclusion than negativity in the album) without abandoning wisdom and well-devised creativity.

    18 Mar 2:46am Reply
  • oiGlush

    album's message is great, but she shoud have explored some topics better. however, it's a whole album about the feminist ideology, so it couldn't be bad <3

    16 Mar 11:04pm Reply
  • trent576

    has anyone else notice that beyond binary binds & stops are the opposite way round on the cd compared to the track listing that's everywhere online?

    12 Mar 10:49pm Reply
  • r906

    新专很像 DE▲th▲Co▲ST - Album

    11 Mar 1:06am Reply
  • abstractroom

    STEPS ..... Underrated

    7 Mar 7:09pm Reply
  • Alexio6

    #9 is such underrated. Deserved to be a single !

    5 Mar 11:36am Reply
  • jacoo90

    good

    4 Mar 7:44pm Reply
  • RAmachine

    @DiffusionOfTime I'm intrigued about how you know the idea won't work? You present it as a fact, but there are plenty of people who would disagree with you. I also don't know that the argument against gender is irrational and based strictly off emotion. Read something by Judith Butler if you're intrigued about different concepts of gender, and don't assume people who are anti-gender are simply expressing a "pissed off reaction."

    4 Mar 3:21pm Reply
  • Wintermoor99

    with the previous 2 albums i liked maybe a max of 3 tracks from each record but i like about half of the new one making it my favorite so far. steps might be favorite tune by ptr ever

    28 Feb 7:32am Reply
  • NiniusNunius

    vv Well it's your loss if you want to take it like that :) I love the album and its message as a whole.

    27 Feb 4:09pm Reply
  • telex_x

    new album sucks.

    27 Feb 4:24am Reply
  • DiffusionOfTime

    I was right. In a recent pitchfork review, the very end of the article says: "Gender may be a "lie," as Rostron sings on "Human Drama", but it's a lie that, for most people, rests at the core of our sense of self. So if we're truly going to come together, Rostron seems to say, we're going to have to come undone first.", and on her facebook, she quoted a section of that. Indeed, she wants everyone to drop their idea of gender not subscribe to anything. Nope, this is too radical (it won't work either), and just speaks of someone who is pissed off reaction via emotion and not using rationality, and shows lack of understanding the concept of gender. Nope, I can not support this, and it really is a crying shame.

    27 Feb 3:27am Reply
  • Chrys23

    It's so fucking good! *-*

    26 Feb 7:15pm Reply
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