republic (1996)

CD : Released October 1996: Centaur Discs : CENCD 018

1. Send-Off (21.17)
2. Raw Cane Approach (26.46)
3. Republic (25.59)

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REPUBLIC is a single 74 minute CD featuring three of the group's best improvisations to date, it is a cohesive timeless collection of vital soundscapes with a huge dynamic range, it uses only those sounds dear to their hearts and includes liberal sprinklings of the god-like Mellotron (real of course, not sampled), and a collection of analogue synthesisers alongside their modern counterparts neither futuristic or retro, radio massacre international's music is timeless; and attempts to bring some soul and danger to ambient music by being as scary as it is soothing. Try 'Send Off' at high volume with the lights out, or the ebullient title piece for an illustration of how hypnotic real time sequencers can be, and if you thought electronic music couldn't rock, try the searing electric guitar sections of 'Raw Cane Approach' (Refined ? Not this band). Come into the forest and taste the trees.

radio massacre international's sound defies categorization it is more magical than musical. the music is, first and foremost, improvisational. it is loose in structure but also searching. r.m,i. is all about generating the happy accidents that occur at the ever-changing intersection of multiple moving bodies. when two sequences converge fascinating things happen opening rhythmic and textural options that just moments before were closed to view. it is the creation and exploration of those options that dominates what r.m,i. does in its music.