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Out Now...Acres...new review and Top Ten in The Big Takeover:
"James Raftery, AKA Rat Wakes Red (I still expect a hardcore band with that moniker, not a transcendently beautiful alternafolkie!), is not like modern solo artists with release diarrhea. He takes his time, crafts, plots, plans, processes, and perfects; Acres is only his third LP and together with crucial producer Jeral Benjamin, he bequeaths warm sonic gifts completing a hell of a record, another lovely affair from this consistent pairing of artist and loyal producer."
"Acoustic folk guitar and viola, with
a whispery, troubled voice? Yes please!
"Rat Wakes Red's approach is a fragile
balance between cocksure and vulnerable, drawing you in immediately...
making for a dynamic listen."
"Rat Wakes Red blends neo-gothic folk
with modern 21st century recording to produce a sublime sonic
sedation of melodies." (Boston's
"Rat Wakes Red...pay(s) homage to
the likes of Kristin Hersh, Kate Bush and Leonard Cohen, who
also make pain and loss the cornerstone of their musical melodramas."
"Every song without exception sees
the most interesting of bands make their mark on your mind...about
as good as it gets." (hEARd Magazine)
"Fans of the darker side of mellowness
(or classic 4AD records) should
New interview in Rust
RWR and Free Mp3s on
a sweet review in Sentimentalist.