Ricky Eat Acid
Three Love Songs


4.5
superb

Review

by chambered99 USER (3 Reviews)
September 11th, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: running your hand over the piano keys

I've always wanted to make a movie. I thought it would be the coolest thing to match the images and stories I conjure up in my head to a moving picture. And the thread that navigates through every scene is "what music would go great with this?". I've even created playlists dedicated to certain emotional scenes I've created in my imagination. I always imagined it would be something sad and beautiful, Lost In Translation meets Eternal Sunshine. Images of a hazy summer field or a rainy, dimly lit city always running through my mind to tell a story of love lost yet how beautiful it was when it was happening.

There's a hefty chunk of music here on Three Love Songs that would be perfect for my soundtrack. The ghost-like ambience of ethereal quality to this record is simultaneously heartbreaking and forgotten, like it was dug up from a distant memory. Even the inner monologue introduction sounds like someone retelling a dream or a moment of a time when the narrator remembers how it felt when his lover was around. "I can hear you moving around downstairs, dragging your feet as you walked back and forth through the house, running your hands over the piano keys." is how Three Love Songs begins on "There is only you in the light and nothing else", as the monologue gives way to someone or something actually moving their hands over a piano set.

Is the ghost recording this album, or is Ricky Eat Acid? Three Love Songs is filled with these kinds of immersive moments, where reality and memory collide in a daydream-like realm that takes up the first half of the album. Ambient passages float along, one after another, as if the narrator is telling his story using the music as words. To a person not affiliated with context, the first half of Three Love Songs may seem like a meandering exercise in playful experimentation, a decent but certainly not revelatory display of ambient musings. But to the patient listener, not only has Three Love Songs been telling a vibrant, heartbreaking story, it has been building up to something extraordinary and creating foreboding tension.

"In my dreams we're almost touching" is where Three Love Songs not only becomes something completely different, but seemingly wakes up from its own slumber. It is a perfectly paced and placed house music extravaganza, with a pulsing, driving beat and funky lasers being thrown around like a neon revolution. It's the sound of a record that has been carrying around the weight of the previous tracks' tension and sorrow forever on its back, and it has no choice but to break free from the chains of loss and explode into freedom. "In my dreams..." is that moment where you go "ohh, now I see where this was heading" and it shows masterful pace, context, and flow on the part of Ricky Eat Acid. This is truly a record that is more than the sum of its parts, to be enjoyed from start to finish.


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chambered99
September 11th 2014


889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

my first review in a while hope you enjoy!

klap
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2014


12173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

RIYL???

Digging: Jay Som - Anak Ko

chambered99
September 11th 2014


889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

hard to say cuz it's a tale of two halves but check this out



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl0RbPUZs9k

klap
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2014


12173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well that was thoroughly enjoyable

Scoot
September 11th 2014


19485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

in

dimsim3478
September 11th 2014


8409 Comments


hard to say cuz it's a tale of two halves but check this out

essential statement about this record and those two tracks

Digging: w.o.d. - 1994

SeaAnemone
September 11th 2014


21413 Comments


chambered4.5=must listen tbh

YakNips
September 11th 2014


19860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's really good

SeaAnemone
September 11th 2014


21413 Comments


but is it spooky? ~~~~

YakNips
September 11th 2014


19860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

does this answer your question?



http://rickyeatacid.bandcamp.com/album/seeing-little-ghosts-everywhere

SeaAnemone
September 11th 2014


21413 Comments


what does this sound like?

YakNips
September 11th 2014


19860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

uhhhh hard to describe but i guess like bedroom ambient?

SeaAnemone
September 11th 2014


21413 Comments


okay!
DLd it : )

laughingman22
September 12th 2014


2819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great

Digging: Charli XCX - Charli

tommygun
September 12th 2014


26969 Comments


whoa nice rev

will acquire

SeaAnemone
September 12th 2014


21413 Comments


I love how this is structured

YakNips
September 12th 2014


19860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea

granitenotebook
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2015


948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really great review

Tb1114
April 10th 2019


475 Comments


I haven't listened to this yet but the album cover and song titles are really endearing and personal.



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