Review : Rameses III - Honey Rose EP

Rameses III - Honey Rose EP
Rameses III is a trio from south London. Their latest recording is an EP titled "Honey Rose", released in an edition of 1000 by Important Records. For "Honey Rose" Rameses III have composed six tracks that make up the soundtrack for a film directed by Jon Spira called "Suityman". Stills from this film comprise the album artwork.

Hearing Rameses III's collaboration with The North Sea ("Night of the Ankou") was more than enough to spark my interest in this drone ambient group, and the folky overtones which really made my day are even stronger on "Honey Rose".

"Honey Rose" is a blissed-out, gently twangy country and folk drone affair. Over the six tracks Rameses III move between a pastoral acousitc guitar theme developed and accompanied by various other instruments (flute, slide guitar, organ, banjo...) and more free-form droning based around heavenly glissando guitar. A field recording or two completes the pastoral ambience of this work. The shorter tracks usually carry the theme, and the longer ones are the droning tracks that carry on the tonalities established by the theme. This EP is short and sweet, but at least it lasts nearly 24 minutes...

It's like Sigur Ros without the rock & roll, Polmo Polpo without the techno, a pinch of Black Forest/Black Sea, and the good side of country music all held together by that wonderful glissando drone-- calling to mind sunny afternoons by a brook, meditations under a tree, daydreaming on a green hillside, country-path wanderings beneath a hazy blue sky....