Ravioli Me Away are a joyful swirl of a band, with plenty-plenty of genres and styles at play in their sound. Like pop music distilled through 12 or more sub-cultures, and all delivered with an attitude of serious fun. Living Is A Myth is their second full-length, presented on orange vinyl with a poster and songbook included. On Upset The Rhythm.
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- UTR087 / 180g orange vinyl, gatefold LP on Upset The Rhythm. Includes songbook +A1 poster
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Ravioli Me Away are one of the more unusual propositions in the UK avant rock scene. They specialise in oddball post punk funk racket with nods to the Slits and Delta 5 and have a penchant of looking absolutely ridiculous on their record sleeves.
‘Living is A Myth’ is their second LP and moves along on a barrage of battered percussion, squelchy synths and jerky non linear rhythms. It’s an anti melody stance which relies more on rhythmic intensity and oddball production touches such as the discordant the Pop Group-like horns on opener ‘Wow’. ‘Power In Mind’ is a tour de force of Burundi-like percussion and words spat out at a terrifying rate. The drumming here is really up front and dominates in a way that reminds me of similarly strange Nottingham band Rattle but whereas Rattle rely purely on percussion as a background for the skewed harmonies, Ravioli Me Away add in shards of synth and on ‘Ultimate Destruction’ a kind of techno synth pad. In fact I’ve just decided that this is my favourite track - it is the strangest mesh of sound with some rather lively funk bass thrown into the mix but has some great little instrumental interludes where everything comes together in a way that seems have like that they are making it up as they go along.
Overall Ravioli Me away sound like they hark back to the early post punk bands such as Kleenex and Au Pairs in that they are full of wild creativity and kind of find themselves propelled along by it without really questioning what it’s all about. Doing rather than thinking basically and although not a straightforward listen at times it reaps real rewards.
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