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The First EP by Ramon

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Reviewed on 6th May 2004.

 
 

The First EP

By Ramon

This preview for an album-in-the-pipeline is Ramon's first on Fishsoup Records. It is an exquisite piece of work.

"I'm not from the moon, or from some distant star" he starts off, in a direct and elegantly light-voiced declaration of tenderness. He strums a fluent and perfectly enunciated guitar. Real strings and a second vocal line develop the intimate and yearning mood. "More time" is the song. It's followed by the equally ravishing "She's Alone", with more of that connoisseur guitar and some piano with a little percussion.

But it's so much more than just mood music. Soft and emotionally fragile might not be your thing. But you have to stand back and admit the guy can write and perform a song that tells a delicate story. You'd burst yourself with joy if you could sing such a song to your loved one. You might not tell your cool friends, but you would definitely think about buying this as a thoughtful little present after some special moment together. With someone you'd want to see again.

Third track, "In My Head" uses electric piano and gets lyrically among the moon and stars again. There are some distant FX guitar touches and the lightest of electronic suggestions. It fades deliciously away, leaving a nostalgic and lonesome feeling as piano notes fall like gentle touches of silk. It is beautiful.

It isn't rock and roll, but it could save your love life. I can hear it as a soundtrack for a bitter sweet urban love story, maybe with a screenplay by Jon McGregor. (if you know Leeds 6, try his "if nobody speaks of remarkable things" for size). It can be bought through Amazon. The record as well as the book, I mean.

 

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