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The Silent Ballet

Review of original Under the Spire CD version of 'For José María'


A lot has been said about the effects of the Internet on the music industry. One of the most personally appreciated side effects of this new-fangled technology has been the increase in micro-releases: the "limited to x," extravagantly packaged independent records that often now have a more guaranteed market than ever before (Natural Snow Buildings and Have a Nice Life come to mind immediately as some of the larger successes at such an endeavor). And so, with this record-nerd-appeasing way of releasing, Rameses III has put out a limited three-inch CD containing the sprawling seventeen-minute "For José María'," which wholeheartedly deserves this sort of treatment.

Yes, the whole "album" is seventeen minutes and yes, it's only one song, but it is a constantly shifting and entirely ambitious one which neatly avoids the two most common traps of such long-form song writing: first, it doesn't beat to death a single idea for its entire length; second, it isn't just several separate ideas mashed together haphazardly for the sake of having a long song. The word of the day here is flow, in construction and indeed in sonic quality. Each movement flows seamlessly into the next, and each movement itself is a lazy daydream of flowing drones and strings, with the occasional speech sample.

It's a bit difficult to really dig into a single song without spoiling it or tediously writing about every minute of it, so it just has to be said that this is a gorgeous piece of ambient music. The opening ominous piano chords, the beautiful synth swells that follow, the gradual burnout at the end of it all: it's just a piece that really, really deserves to be heard. It's the perfect balance of ambience and more traditionally-structured music; it remains pleasantly atmospheric while never dropping out into the background.

The limited release of this EP is by no means an exercise in vanity. Rather, it's the treatment a work like this deserved. It deserved to be singled out, to be released as a self-contained piece and consumed as such. It's beautiful music in an appropriately beautiful package. It may be a bit costly, but this is a shining example of why one should buy music.

Calvin Young
Monday 24 May 2010


"Jozepha (Deluxe)" cover

Album released Friday 11 November 2016 on digital by the Blink In The Endless label.

mp3 - "Love Goes On"

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