Featured this album on the fifteenth issue of RULE of THREE (bit.ly/RULEofTHREEbc). Oceans is a wonderful, epic and beautiful slice of moody and nostalgic post-punk with hints of newwave and indiegoth. The rich baritone vocals are offset perfectly with a driving synth bass line, heavily chorused guitars and reverb-soaked drums. The melodies are dark and strong and have enough hooks to keep you caught for a very long time, if not forever.
Favorite track: Oceans.
The four creative souls in RA get their energy out of despair, loss, frustration and restlessness. They started out as a psychedelic rock quintet but after just one EP they sadly lost one of their members. The loss and their life in Malmö are shown in the, recently released mini documentary - RA - Malmö Mentality. The band didn’t dissolve, instead they canalized their friendship into what should become their debut album - Scandinavia. The album is a whirlwind of punk, feedback, haunting vocals, melodic guitar riffs and pounding bass. The album took the band out on the road and it gained a lot of attention around the world, placing them in some kind of Nordic Noir Post-punk file, together with iceage, Holograms, Lust For Youth etc. Other comparisons were made to Deafheaven, Bauhaus, and A Place to Bury Strangers, now that is gone.
Here we have the first release since the album, and the band has moved forward. This is a more electronic sound landscape, it is gloomy, it is staring, slower, melodic, almost romantic but equally intense. We find more members than the drummer and vocalist Simon, behind the microphone, more voices, less noise, contemplation. This is a band that never rests. All held together by producer Joakim Lindberg that has produced everything with the band up to date.
”We left our rough punk sound and tried to explore another feeling, a more romantic feeling. We gave ourself time to think and reflect and worked more with the song structures.”
- Simon Minó - drums and vocals
RA = Simon Minó, Erik Blondell, Felix Mårtensson, Martin Nilsson
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Unusual blend of gothic, dark wave, and industrial with noirish, Lynchian tones and the odd surf guitar lick. Somehow it all fuses together into a strange sound atmosphere that hooked me right away. lostgander
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The combination of the cold synths, the warm voice and songs in French is just spellbinding. Compared to some of her more recent work, this has a raw Steve Strange Visage esque feel to it but at the same time it is very contemporary. Just love it. Andy