I had never heard of London-based experimental trio Rameses III until perusing the Important Records website, when, in the process of wanting to hear a clip from the new Piano Magic record, I inadvertently clicked on their mp3. What a happy day it was for me! I fell in love with what I heard and quickly ordered their record, Honey Rose, having never heard another note. It was a risk, but a risk worth taking, and considering it's a I haven't been able to find any of their previous releases, but I take it that this EP is a bit of a departure for the group. Instead of being songs, the record is arranged in a series of six themes, set around filmmaker Jon Spira's short film Suityman. If the film is anything like the music, it's very, very beautiful. The music here is slow, quiet, and though not entirely instrumental, the gentleness of the melody seems to be the important element the listener should focus on. The music borders on classical and ambient but it never really declares allegiance to either style. To be honest, the themes flow together and while beautiful on their own, they really sparkle when listened to with the other five. This humble release is well worth seeking out, as it's easily one of the prettiest records of the year.
Listen To: "Theme 2"
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