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Earlier this year Tor Records reissued 125 copies of Richard John-Riley’s solo album Not If But When, and are now following it up with some brand new music. Quite a different sound on this one - less straight up singer/songwriter much more psyche and ambient, weird noises and monologues. A full 10 minute long tracks plus radio edit and a song recorded in 2008.


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Limited yellow coloured vinyl 12" EP on TOR Records. Edition of 300 copies.

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I Can't Tell You (How This Feels) by Richard John-Riley
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8/10 Chris Garland Customer review, 6th December 2016

I Can't Tell You (How This Feels) / Radio Edit/ Your Honesty.

Richard John-Riley is a guitarist with a decent pedigree supporting other acts but I shant name them because it would be misleading as this bears no resemblance. A curiosity, it ambles in with little apparent purpose but builds into a gleaming layered electronica and acoustic guitar gem, with spoken lines floating in and out and a voice that reminds me of George Harrison's. Half yellow 12" record, half 10 minute multicoloured paranoid trip, it's fascinating.


10/10 Dave Clark Customer review, 14th November 2016

This record is the blissed out trance-inducing soundtrack to a summer of love gone slightly weird! It shimmers, it grooves, it creeps up on you unawares and whispers dirty things in your ear! Hypnosis for the slightly stoned! It is also a meditation (seems to me!) on the very nature of sensation - on the sort of stuff that makes being alive worthwhile - the sensual stuff. To that end the track is a warm sonic bath - turn down the lights, get some candles lit and slosh the bubble bath around!

I love it - please can we have an album full of this?


9/10 SusieT Customer review, 14th November 2016

Atmospheric and unique. This is music to wash into your mind and soul. Richard John-Riley has a beautiful smooth voice and works wonders with a guitar. The sound effects take me back to later George Harrison tracks. I daresay the talented Mr Riley could play the sitar too without much trouble! This is not just worth listening to, but compulsive. Not just once, but over and over, discovering new delights on each hearing. A worthy and progressive successor to Richard's debut album, 'Not If But When', which still ranks as one of my favourites.


9/10 Mac31 Customer review, 7th November 2016

Does this record from Richard John-Riley sound as good as it looks I wondered?

I can't Tell You (How This Feels) is layered, multi faceted, and intricate. Complex sounds grab your attention with something different every time you listen.

Your Honesty is emotionally charged with poignant lyrics, and enigmatic, almost hypnotic vocals which draw you in, leaving you wanting more, wondering what the next track would sound like.

So, does it deliver? Yes, and some.

Recommended


9/10 Mac31 Customer review, 7th November 2016

Does this record from Richard John-Riley sound as good as it looks I wondered?

I Can't Tell You (How this Feels) is layered, multi faceted, and intricate. The complex sounds grab your attention and give you something different every time you listen.

Your Honesty is emotionally charged, full of poignant lyrics, and enigmatic, almost hypnotic vocals which draw you in, leaving you wanting more, wondering what the next track would sound like.....

So, does it deliver?

Yes, and some! Definitely worth having in your collection.

Recommended.


9/10 Chippy Customer review, 1st November 2016

Bought this after hearing it on HFM. So many layers to it. Starts with spoken code, then guitar then huge drums just come crashing in. All this is laid over 'ambient breathing' and vocal sounds by none other than Karel Fialka (early eighties innovative electro pioneer). I heard an interview in which Richard John-Riley described being heavily influenced by the sounds and technique of Stockhausen and this comes over in the track. On top of this are analog synths, guitars, bit crushed vocals and is that a ring modulator? Above all the whole track is mesmerising and hypnotic. Dim the lights and burn some incense, let it all go. Highly recommended.


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