mp3 - "No Water, No Moon"
We Shall Never Sing Of Sorrow
Across The Lake Is Where My Heart Shines
No Water, No Moon
The Kindness In Letting Go
I Could Not Love You More
All Shall Be Well
For the last few years, Croydon three-piece Rameses III have been proving to the wider world
that there's more to their homeland than dubstep with their deep and original take on ambient
music. In that time Daniel Thomas Freeman, Spencer Grady and Stephen Lewis have notched up a number
of releases for Important Records, Digitalis and of course Type Records, but it is with this
latest opus that they truly leave their mark on the faded musical landscape.
'I Could Not Love You More' is a record that reframes their sound, taking their drifting ambience and
pastoral folk and sharpening it at every opportunity. You can hear echoes of Takoma in Lewis's delicate
acoustic guitar playing, shadows of early 4AD in the shimmering drones and all this is wrapped up in an
Eno-esque sense of restraint. It sounds almost as if the pieces were written for the mid 20th century,
with sounds coming from electric pianos, Mellotrons and guitars rather than heavy electronic processes.
We end up with a warming blur of sound, something far removed from the chatter of zeroes and ones we
have become accustomed to.
As the album drifts from beginning to end there is a delicate yet defined narrative, enhanced by the
inclusion of subtle field recordings and just the right amount of silence. The tracks lull us forward
and send us into a state of nostalgic reminiscence, which is in essence the theme which balances the
album. 'I Could Not Love You More' is simply a gorgeous reflection - exactly what it reflects upon is
left up to the listeners themselves. Who would have thought the mean streets of South London could
produce such beautiful music?
Rameses III are Spencer Grady, Stephen Lewis and Daniel Thomas Freeman.
All titles written, performed and produced by Rameses III except "I Could Not Love You More" by Rameses III and Jon DeRosa (Aarktica).
Produced by Rameses III.
Engineered, mixed and mastered for CD / digital by Daniel Thomas Freeman.
Artwork by Rameses III / Type from Grady family photos.