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Raf Rundell – O.M. Days Album Review


Just over three years because the launch of his first full size solo album, Stop Lying, Raf Rundell makes a really welcome return along with his newest, O.M. Days. Rundell’s new ten observe album sees him embrace what he does finest and run with it in a collection of songs which are each breezy and compelling. Having beforehand labored extensively with Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard on the joint mission The 2 Bears, and explored his personal solo work along with his authentic EP, The Adventures Of A Selfie Boy Pt. 1 and debut LP Stop Lying, Raf has employed a combination of these components to reach at his newest work.

Raf Rundell is not any stranger to a collaboration, his work with Goddard particularly has given rise to some nice tunes, and on O.M. Days he has used that have to harness one thing distinctive and artistically inventive from his companions. Half of the tracks on Raf’s second solo album have arisen as a result of Rundell has joined forces with one other featured musician and all, with out exception, are exponentially enhanced due to that. 

Raf began sharing his new music again in September final 12 months with the lead observe, Monsterpiece. The third observe on the album, and the primary observe to be launched from it, options non aside from Chaz Jankel of The Blockheads. Raf says, “I attempted arduous to be Ian Dury, But realised I couldn’t, So, I attempted my finest another way, and right here we’re.” By method of introduction to the album Monsterpiece works splendidly. The funky little quantity incorporates 70’s Disco and touches of Dub in an eclectic combine that additionally features a repeated flute hook. (Chaz mentioned, “love the flutes two thirds of the best way by.”) As the refrain performs out you possibly can nearly image a 5 piece vocal group in coordinated beige flared fits transferring to a slickly choreographed routine. 

Raf Rundell ‘Monsterpiece’

Here is a soundtrack for your modern-afterworlds. Grotesquely inflated footnotes will follow. Sharpen the axe and fetch the pole, the time approaches. O.M.DA…

Three out of 4 of the singles shared from the album forward of it is launch have been tracks which have featured one other artist and the newest, Always Fly is not any exception. Raf groups up with the eminent vocalist and singer-songwriter Terri Walker on ‘Always Fly’ and the resultant observe is among the finest on the album. Always Fly pulls additional on the Disco thread however offers it a extra laid again soulful, R&B vibe with a superb keyboard loop, gentle Gospel infusion and even some scratching thrown in for good measure!

Raf Rundell – Always Fly (ft. Terri Walker)

‘Always Fly (ft. Terri Walker)’ is the 2nd single taken from ‘O.M. Days’ the new album by Raf Rundell out 9th April on Heavenly Recordings. Purchase the phys…

The second single lifted from the album, Ample Change, options Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family and is an epic musical exploration of slowly evolving percussively lead rhythms that embrace each bongos and metal drums. The gentle and mellow observe is as chilled out and enjoyable as you possibly can want for with some beautiful looping melodies and repeated verses. 

Raf Rundell – Ample Change (ft Lias Saoudi)

Here is a soundtrack for your modern-afterworlds. Grotesquely inflated footnotes will follow. Sharpen the axe and fetch the pole, the time approaches. O.M.DA…

O.M. Days is not merely constituted from a collection of random singles, it has a coherence and a sound that permeates all through with Raf Rundell defining the main focus of his creation. O.M Days captures your creativeness from the electro flavoured opener, More U Know, proper by to the shut out collaboration that includes Andy Jenkins, Butter Gold. The complete album is characterised by a lightness of contact that comes with a splendidly heat, summer season scented sound that’s troublesome to withstand. At instances you possibly can nearly hear the sound of The Style Council, the refined Jazzy inflections of Tracey Thorn and Everything But The Girl, and even John Grant on Raf’s observe Luxury, that includes Man & The Echo. The Ides Of Albion has a calypso really feel to the backing observe and once more employs a bongo beat however at instances you might be reminded of The Kinks or Peter Doherty, the place as Down, the album’s shortest observe takes on an nearly Trip-Hop persona because it channels Massive Attack’s Karmacoma

The influences and inspirations are as broad as they’re daring on Raf Rundell’s second solo album. The ten tracks that make up O.M. Days are deftly contrived and organized; every observe has it is particular person signature however all are certain by an umbrella of upbeat positivity and pleasure. Rundell mentioned, “I labored actually arduous on this one. And though I had no plan about the place it was going, I at all times have a notion about how I would like issues to sound. I had a specific thought about that.” On O.M. Days Raf has definitely achieved his purpose with an album that might simply soundtrack your summer season. 

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