As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to shed a bit of light and share a bit of information on the up and coming sounds of artists such as Rameses III.
Despite the obvious connection to Egyptian Pharaohs, nothing in the glacial armory of Rameses III could be mistaken for hieroglyphic pretense. The trio of Daniel Freeman, Spencer Grady, and Steve Lewis transform guitars and keyboards into sweet melodic drone. Rameses III is the music of pleasant dreams; Technicolor masterpieces of soft focus, angelic light, and exuberant occasions.
I Could Not Love You More, found on Type, continues the grand tradition of Rameses III’s blend of baroque folk, post-rock melodies, and new age drone. The end result is uncomplicated, unpolluted despite the amount of aural bliss packed into each lengthy piece. Rameses III tap into the human chakra, channeling the spirits of the greatest Yogis, Senseis, and Gurus of bygone eras—but don’t be misled into temptation, I Could Not Love You More isn’t some tonal chant to some Zen god. Rather, Rameses III continue to meld music that soothes the tired and nourishes the weak. This is a work of tenderness, and the faint hints of sweeping guitar notes and mellow atmospherics that sound like warm summer breezes and cool fall rain lend themselves to fits of vivid daydreaming; visions of carefree flight from a bustling world that demands every ounce of your attention and effort to navigate. I Could Not Love You More is a test of patience but the reward is ever-lasting. It may seem like a load of schlock to heap such heartwarming sentiment on an album etched in the avant community but often experimentation yields beauty that static, white noise, or jangly pop will never reach. Rameses III may seem like a one-trick pony but it’s the subtle changes from song to song and album to album that have found them an increasing audience, and I Could Not Love You More strikes the same harmonious chords as album’s past. Now’s the time to meditate in your own way and embrace the sunrays of Rameses III.
Justin Spicer is a freelance journalist who also runs the webzine, Electronic Voice Phenomenon. He writes the Monday News Mash-Up and Thursday edition of Song of the Day for the KEXP Blog. You can now follow him on Twitter.