Artist: Red Falcon Projects
Title: Simply Ravishing + Ravishing Extras
Released: June 2013
Label: Dilated Time
Format: Vinyl LP + CD
Genre: Ambient, acid-ambient
Followers of Tuning Into Obscure know by now that we’re all fans of the Red Falcon Projects. When news was announced a few months ago that a vinyl debut album was in the works with cover art by Tobacco, we got pretty excited. And of course, we were just oozing with delight when a deluxe edition was announced that would come with a bonus CD of B-sides and remixes. I have since preordered the package because nothing beats actually holding it in my paws and watching it spin on the turntable, but in the meantime, I’ve been given a chance to check it out and review it, so all of you should be excited!
As the first track, “Time As Gum” opens, I’m gently washed over with the familiar soothing acid, soft beats and cool synth that have given RFP their signature retrofuturistic sound. However, as we advance along the album, their sense of adventure picks up a little. Don’t misunderstand me, things here still sound like they could easily belong on a FAX records album, but things seem lively and quite engaging. Hell, we get a vocoder on the third track. We haven’t seen that since Ice Warz ’85. There are hints here of Namlook, Spacetime Continuum, Orb, and perhaps a touch of early Boards of Canada that might come to your mind as you fly along Planet Falcon, especially around the middle and end of the album proper. Yet, as they always do, the Falcons keep their sounds fresh and unique.
This is a very strong LP and it’s a perfect addition to their growing discography. Fans of their previous material will be thrilled with it. This works well as a follow up to their cassette, “Microtonal Acid Dubs.” We do see a few rare tracks resurface for the first time in years. “Big Bear Jam” arrives on the LP after originally debuting on the “Tour EP” in or around 2008. “Lancid Chestbar” is also lifted off of that release, showcasing itself here on the bonus CD.
On that note, let’s turn our attention to the bonus material. This dual disc is limited to 100 copies; disc one is a CD version of the LP while disc two is wear all the extra goodies are. We kick things off with “Return to Planet Falcon,” serving perhaps as a response to their self-released 38-minute track, “Star of the Falcon” from 2011 – which is awesome. After this ambient gem, we get treated to more remixes and B-sides, including some by the likes of Tobacco, Mrs. Jynx and Discovered, amongst others. It seems the track, “Probotector,” was the favorite amongst the remixers as it gets the most coverage. Tobacco does a nice rendition. Night Sequels’s mix of “Business Exercises” is superb as well. It’s hard to pick my favorite B-side as each fits in here perfectly, and I seem to find each Falcon track as enjoyable as the last.
Final thoughts: The Falcons once again give us some prime ambient acid and I’m loving every minute of it. As aforementioned, this works well as a standalone album and even better with the bonus material. It does well riding on the heels of their previous releases and puts us firmly on the path to a bright, dreamy future. I seriously cannot wait for the physical bundle to come my way. Check out the Dilated Time Records page, as linked above, for ordering info.
(4.9 out of 5)