Limited Edition (250) Signed and Numbered Print with Download Code for Record Store Day 2014!
The third single to be taken from Ralfe Band’s latest album Son Be Wise, Cold Chicago Morning is a vaudeville ghost tour of derelict railways and fog-bound coastal paths. With restless piano and spiralling strings leading us to the collapse of a ballroom, the song showcases Oly Ralfe’s rare gift for weaving musical fables.
Oly Ralfe: “I recorded this song in Wales during a big freeze. My mind wandered to the USA and Chicago, a city I’ve never been to, so I thought I’d take myself there by writing a song, and it’s cheaper than flying. Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi) produced the track and played drums. I love his stomping drums played with brushes. Other highlights are the devilish pizzicato viola part played by John Greswell and lap steel guitar by Ben Nicholls”
Cold Chicago Morning is backed with an exclusive track – a Field Music remix of album favourite Oh My Father. Field Music’s cracked lens re-interpretation strips and sifts its bones through their own singular aesthetic. Listened together, these two songs, thematically linked by broken mirrors and uncertain destinations, blend like a Victorian stereogram into a two-act broadside of wistful, ageless melancholy.
Says Oly Ralfe, “This is the first remix we’ve had made. We’re big fans of Field Music and were excited when they wanted to remix Oh My Father. This track has got a whole new drum beat and it funks away in a jerky fashion. I also love the way this remix picks out melodies that are buried in the original mix and brings them into the foreground in a new way, making it a complete re-imagining.”
With the release of their third studio album Son Be Wise, Ralfe Band enjoyed a busy 2013 that saw them touring the UK and Europe with I Am Kloot, the UK with Young Knives, and included radio sessions for Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music, Loose Ends for BBC Radio 4 and John Kennedy at XFM. The festival season brought them to Wilderness and the main stage at End Of The Road. Son Be Wise follows Ralfe Band’s acclaimed soundtrack and album to the feature film Bunny and the Bull (Warp Films).