Fourth Dimension Records, PL/UK
For many years now Fourth Dimension Records has forged a strong relationship with both Gary Mundy and Anthony Di Franco of Ramleh by virtue of support for their respective solo endeavours, Kleistwahr and JFK. After having released a large proportion of their albums under these guises it then only made sense that a Ramleh record itself for the label would be mooted. This single grew out of these discussions and follows on from 2019’s critically acclaimed The Great Unlearning 2LP on Nashazphone, which itself saw Gary and Anthony not only reunited with Stuart Dennison, Martyn Watts and Philip Best, but also collaborating with Philip’s wife (and Consumer Electronics partner) Sarah Froelich and delivering perhaps their most surprising and immediate work to date.
Made available as a good old fashioned double-A side on ‘punk rock green vinyl’, both ‘It’s Never Alright’ and ‘Kerb Krawler’ maintain these high level proceedings, too. If you ever wondered how Noddy Holder might sound if fed through the Ramleh mangler, then ‘It’s Never Alright’ will help to flesh out that thought with its city-destroying stomp attack colliding head on with the kinda untamed keyboard splurge the group is more generally renowned for exorcising. Before you then begin to prod at those question marks arising from the melee, ‘Kerb Krawler’ helps to reel you back to a psychedelic orbit nobody but Ramleh know how to navigate. Proof positive, should it be necessary, that these boys won’t be donning mirror adorned top hats any time soon.
Typical for Ramleh as they stand now, both songs represent just two of the many sides they’re now given to exploring. Bold, serious, playful and once again illustrating exactly how easily they straddle the line of being great musicians never afraid to turn that notion on its head by rising to new challenges, this single pays testament to their current upward curve.
A Broken Flag production for Fourth Dimension.
Edition of 500.