British instrumental trio Rameses III has created a new approach to the 'live album' thing. Their newest release, Basilica, is a two-CD affair, and it's a very satisfying, unique release. The first disc, Basilica, is four remixes and reinterpretations of live recordings from a Rameses III performance in May 2006. The second disc is similar to Honey Rose, and is five songs entitled "Origins," all of which are compiled from live performances over the past two years. Listening to the songs, it's not necessarily clear where Rameses III begins and the remixer ends, but that's not the point; in this case, the 'remixer' becomes 'collaborator' in expanding Rameses III's sound, but these folk don't really change anything. So, well, the concept is interesting, but on listen, it's really hard to distinguish or appreciate. But that's a moot point; the two discs contain some utterly beautiful, quiet, and pensive instrumental compositions. I'm personally fond of our fave Gregg Kowalsky's "Rose Blood" remix--a wonderful fifteen minute epic of gentle proportions--but I like the rest of the record as well.
Listen To: "Origins V"
Basilica is available now on Important
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