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"I Could Not Love You More"
Rameses III

Album released Tuesday 1 September 2009 on Type (vinyl, CD, digital: 2009) / Blink in the Endless (Bandcamp only: 2016) as vinyl, CD and digital

"I Could Not Love You More" cover


digital editions



Available on digital platforms such as Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music / iTunes.


featured reviews

"one of three landmark ambient albums from 2009"
whitelabrecs

description

For the last few years, Croydon three-piece Rameses III have been proving to the wider world that there's more to their homeland than dubstep with their deep and original take on ambient music. In that time Daniel Thomas Freeman, Spencer Grady and Stephen Lewis have notched up a number of releases for Important Records, Digitalis and of course Type Records, but it is with this latest opus that they truly leave their mark on the faded musical landscape.

'I Could Not Love You More' is a record that reframes their sound, taking their drifting ambience and pastoral folk and sharpening it at every opportunity. You can hear echoes of Takoma in Lewis's delicate acoustic guitar playing, shadows of early 4AD in the shimmering drones and all this is wrapped up in an Eno-esque sense of restraint. It sounds almost as if the pieces were written for the mid 20th century, with sounds coming from electric pianos, Mellotrons and guitars rather than heavy electronic processes. We end up with a warming blur of sound, something far removed from the chatter of zeroes and ones we have become accustomed to.

As the album drifts from beginning to end there is a delicate yet defined narrative, enhanced by the inclusion of subtle field recordings and just the right amount of silence. The tracks lull us forward and send us into a state of nostalgic reminiscence, which is in essence the theme which balances the album. 'I Could Not Love You More' is simply a gorgeous reflection - exactly what it reflects upon is left up to the listeners themselves. Who would have thought the mean streets of South London could produce such beautiful music?


re-release note

Type Records very kindly agreed that Blink in the Endless could include a later release via Bandcamp as part of the Rameses III retrospective releases in 2016.


tracklisting

01 We Shall Never Sing Of Sorrow
02 Across The Lake Is Where My Heart Shines
03 Cloud Kings
04 No Water, No Moon
05 The Kindness In Letting Go
06 I Could Not Love You More
07 All Shall Be Well


credits

Rameses III are Spencer Grady, Stephen Lewis and Daniel Thomas Freeman.

All titles written, performed and produced by Rameses III except "I Could Not Love You More" by Rameses III and Jon DeRosa (Aarktica).

Produced by Rameses III.

Engineered, mixed and mastered for CD / digital by Daniel Thomas Freeman.

Artwork by Rameses III / Type from Grady family photos.

Catalogue Number BE006RAM.


other reviews

"an impressively accomplished work"
Adequacy
"ambient music gets a perfect illustration"
All Music
"pastoral soundtracks stretched out and slowed down into time-lapsed images of rising tides and exploding stars"
Aquarius Records
"nebulous and majestic ... highly recommended"
Boomkat
"just perfect for slow moments with your partner"
Cokemachineglow
"9/10 ... a powerful expression of love through music"
Foxy Digitalis
"listening to it makes me feel a closeness to the past, a nearness, a uniformity even, to a forgotten yearning from years before"
Headphone Commute
"rarely does ambient music sound warm or summery, but Rameses III ... achieve just that"
Junk Media
"like loss and loneliness, the enormity of those feelings, moving over our heads"
Line Of Best Fit
"perfect moods for ambient listening"
Norman Records
"not the typical face of ambient instrumental music, which sometimes seems like an intellectual exercise"
Pop Matters
"a soft glow that brings a tranquility"
Textura
"overwhelmingly captures the imagination of its listeners with this latest offering"
The Silent Ballet


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