"Basilica Origins (Deluxe)" cover

Album released 2016 on Blink in the Endless


The Wire Magazine

Review of original Important Records CD version of 'Basilica'

Please note 'Basilica Origins (Deluxe) does not include the remixes referenced here

This collection of live recordings from London trio Rameses III attempts to both manipulate and document the group's live sound. So the first part of this divergent two disc set consists of a series of remixes of four live tracks by Robert Horton, Keith Berry, Greg Kowalsky and Neil Campbell (aka Astral Social Club). The Horton track is a remix of a remix, with Rameses III adding to Horton's own interpretation of a track originally performed at London's Red Rose club. What each of these versions does is reshape the group's sound, shifting the emphasis away from its more sedate elements and focusing instead on amorphous, freestyle drones - the most extreme being Campbell's taut buzzing "Tigers In The Snake Pit".

The result is an impressive but rather daunting succession of abstract pieces, moving from the mesmerising shimmer of "After The Red Rose", through the murky, Ambient fog of "Basilica" and the piercing tonalities of "Rose Blood" to the aforementioned simmering tension of Campbell's remix. The companion disc of straight live recordings, entitled Origins I - V, is an altogether smoother ride, even grandiose at times, with glacial, slo-mo guitar melodies to the fore and gentle, elegaic waterfalls of sound washing over the tidal ebb and flow of pulsating keyboards. If, in constrast to the remixes, it casts Rameses III as a less adventurous proposition, there's still enough here to justify the inclusion of these unadorned tracks, particularly the distorted, reverb organ and penetrating bass sonorities of "Origins IV".

Tom Ridge
Thursday 1 May 2008

All content © Daniel Thomas Freeman 2011 - 2024 (except where otherwise marked)