Excitingly, Oly Ralfe has taken some time away from Ralfe Band to launch his debut solo LP -- entitled Notes From Another Sea -- for Ghost Ship records. Expect an instrumental piano album featuring pleasingly, harmoniously undulating piano lines to echo the shapes of the waves and tides of the ocean. Ralfe is also an accomplished visual artist and filmmaker. Talented chap.
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Oly Ralfe (of Ralfe Band) is truly showing himself off in a bright light here, on his debut solo album. That light is reflected and refracted in the clear composition and crystalline piano played by Ralfe throughout ‘Notes From Another Sea’. Yes, it’s a solo piano album. But it’s a piano album characterised by beautiful melodies and delicate, lyrical playing.
Ralfe's piano is very, very softly played, and intimately mic’d so you can hear the soft creaking of Ralfe’s chair, the piano pedals and even the brushing of the keys, particularly on perfectly tranquil moments -- see ‘Glider’; with Barney Morse-Brown accompanying on cello. What a blissful combination they make. ‘Lantern Waltz’ and ‘The Swallow Sleeps All Winter’ are two extraordinarily pretty examples, reminding me of the more kindly moments of A Winged Victory For The Sullen, or perhaps erstwhile Nils Frahm (particularly his ‘Screws’ LP).
A paradoxically sleepy yet engaging album of mellow, sunlit instrumental music.
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