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For Your Love EP by Ram

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Reviewed on 10th January 2004.


For Your Love EP

By Ram

The 60's eh? Ford Consuls, Formica, Richard Dimbleby, Judith Chalmers, Cliff Richard and Marty Wilde. And the Beatles. And the Yardbirds.

This strange excursion of a CD continues January's banjo theme (in "Dream Away"), but gets seriously into dreamy-trippy phlange washes of ethereal chorus, light-shows through a Kodak slide projector and Austin Powers' kipper ties. I guess this is the revenge of the post-modern. The press notes even have the cheek to mention Brian Bloody Wilson. (a bit like mentioning Jesus as a key influence in the PR for "Father Ted".

To give it a fair crack, though, "For Your Love" is right to aspire to collectable status. It is very cunningly made and quite charming. David Potts puts an awful lot of interesting bits together in best home studio style. It comes out sounding like it's an award-winning Pearl and Dean soundtrack for dream-home adverts (sky blue Formica, baby ... sky blue). I have to own up and say there is a big part of me that really likes the damn thing. It is exceedingly cool and probably very hip as well. I can imagine it turning up in the mix on some Blue Note compilation to celebrate the obscure genii of the early noughties. And to those who didn't have to suffer the full grisly truth of the 60's this ersatz psychedelia will sound respectfully nostalgic and endearingly heartfelt (in all the ways that Kula Shaker was neither of those things).

The "For Your Love" song really does have a section like the freaky bit of the Yardbirds famous song of the same name. But it's more of an affectionate reference than a steal. It works well. Good on ya David Potts. Top moment? Vibraphone style scales one minute eleven seconds into "Dream Away" ... the very crystal droplets of sound they decided not to use for the Elvenhome in Lord of the Rings. Brilliant.



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On 12th January 2004 at 18:01 Anonymous 904 wrote...

SOLD!! Where can I get a copy?


On 12th January 2004 at 21:20 Anonymous 13 wrote...

It says here: "HWRECKCD1 Ram: For Your Love EP is available from HMV, Rough Trade."


On 20th January 2004 at 15:50 Anonymous 904 wrote...

Nice one Sam!
They seem like a colourful kinda band! Just been on their website ...

http://www.ram.co.uk ...

Cool! Will keep an eye out for them!

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