11 DECEMBER - LAMB /UK/, THE RAMONA FLOWERS /UK/
Lamb is a legendary cult British duo originated from Bristol sound and trip hop genres. Alongside Massive Attack, Portishead and Hooverophonic, Lamb proved that electronic music might have had a romantic side. Charismatic vocalist and songwriter, Lou Rhodes, along with producer and multi-instrumentalist, Andy Barlow have created a unique style combining lyrical vocal with ambient trip hop jazz pulses. They have already released 5 albums and several compilations featuring cult songs such as: Gabriel, Górecki, Heaven, Angelica, Lullaby, Cottonwool or God Bless. In 2004, the duo officially suspended their activity, while its members focused on their solo projects.
Following a string of powerful and much-celebrated singles over the last year, including Brighter, Lust and Lies and Tokyo, The Ramona Flowers release their eagerly anticipated debut album, Dismantle and Rebuild on July 14th through Distiller Records.
Hailing from Bristol, the musical home of such electronic-indie greats as Tricky, Portishead and Massive Attack, The Ramona Flowers boast a wealth of influences and inspirations that have helped to shape their anthemic, emotionally charged sound. Under the mentorship of Andy Barlow, of iconic Manchester duo Lamb, the band have used such wide-ranging influences and their personal experiences to hone a textural, electronic brand of stadium-ready indie anthems.
Recorded at the label’s renowned Distillery Studios in Bath, debut album Dismantle and Rebuild showcases a band at the height of their creative development. The Ramona Flowers successfully meld electronica, rock and indie into a slickly cohesive 11-track set laden with a confidence it takes most bands years to achieve. This is in no small part due to the bands relentless touring schedule in the build up to this release which has seen them win over audiences across the U.K and Europe touring alongside Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, Lamb and Foxes and drawn the attention of such acts as Alt-J, Everything Everything, Hot Chip, Ladytron and Eagles For Hands, all of whom have offered remixes.
Hypnotic opener ‘Tokyo’, produced by the band alongside Lamb’s Andy Barlow and mixed by Catherine Marks (Foals/The Vaccines) mixes glistening production and eerily beguiling harmonies setting the track up to be a major hit heading into the summer festival season. Second track ‘Brighter’ sees singer Steve Bird completely relax into his falsetto, and he's got monster hooks and melodies in this bottle of tricks - ‘Brighter’ is sharp, emotive, massive
Title track ‘Dismantle and Rebuild’ introduces a softer side to The Ramona Flowers’ impressively diverse sound. Falsetto vocals and nostalgic guitar lines add emotional acoustic textures into ‘Lust and Lies’ before ‘World Won’t Wait’ picks up the pace and the bass-driven swagger of ‘Modern World’ ushers in the band’s sultry, darker side and their ability to build songs to intense climaxes.
‘Vultures’ is a rousing battle cry, built for the chants of a fist-pumping arena while ‘Friend Of The Madness’ clarifies the Radiohead links for anyone left unconvinced so far. ‘So Many Colours‘ and ‘Like a Feather’ act as a soothing coda, Steve Bird signing off alongside the comforting addition of mercury nominee Lou Rhodes’ delicate vocals. This is a band destined for colossal success so take note stadiums and arenas alike.