Ralfe Band - Attics/Stumble

Eery, lurching anti-folk and dark, twisting vaudeville, beneath which lurks a fragile, beautiful melody.

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Released 1 Dec 2008 | | By Anna Dobbie | Rating: 3-5
Ralfe Band - Attics/Stumble

Some songs are immediately easy to get, and others take a few more listens to fully appreciate. Ralfe Band fall into the second category, producing eery, lurching anti-folk and dark, twisting vaudeville, beneath which lurks a fragile, beautiful melody, like the musical equivalent of the misunderstood hero in a Tim Burton movie. Putting aside his day job on the set of The Mighty Boosh, Olly Ralfe has applied all his surplus creative energy to making music that mirrors the show's haphazard, sinister surrealism.

'Attics' is a poignant Soviet-tinged track resplendent with off-beat percussion, chiming keys, haunting aaaahs and a fairground Wurlitzer organ, while 'Stumble' is simultaneously jaunty and lazy as Ralfe's frail, cracked voice rolls over a lilting polka. Ralfe Band may not immediately appeal but after a few listens they will seduce you with their deranged, ramshackle beauty.