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Ramadan


4.5
superb

Review

by Pheromone USER (16 Reviews)
June 18th, 2016 | 121 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ramadan is comatose sing-along music

When an album hits you on first listen, it is something special. I have had experiences of going into albums with no expectation and coming out emotionally engrossed in the sound I had just experienced. These albums are often those of grandiose sounds, ones that are made to captivate and entertain. I suppose, in a way, Ramadan argues with this theory. Ramadan is in no way grandiose, I’d go as far as to say that it’s amongst the most chilled albums I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. Yet as soon as ‘Sutro(Heroin Jazz Remix)’ met my ears, I felt a strange sense of ease. The simplistic guitar strumming & quiet drums captured me in a way that nothing grandiose ever could. I knew something was special about this album. There was nothing else to do but get a drink, place the earphones back in and allow myself to be transcended by the mellowness of an album that I knew one day would be something very special.

Ramadan’s sound is excelled in its subtleties; it’s these subtleties that kept me certain that one day I would love this album. It’s the subtle melodic backing vocals on songs like ‘Ramadan’ that are able to send the listener into a blissful meditation. It’s the subtle brilliance of every hook on the album, conveying a different sound with each but remaining that same mastered chill. It’s the fact that somehow the band have the nerve to fit in 2 different versions of the same song and it never being a problem - who do they think they are? Yo La Tengo?

Ee are very sure about the sound that they’re trying to convey on Ramadan and they never stray from their roots, which helps aid the brilliance. There are no points in which they attempt to try anything that they’re not certain that they can perfect. Even on conventionally louder songs on the album such as ‘Wrong Song’ and ‘Brace’, they don’t attempt to completely change the sound that they have mastered. ‘Wrong Song’ goes as far as to add distortional vocals and louder drumming, but it keeps within the same vein as every other song on the album, adding to the palate as appose to hindering it. ‘One Less Year’ deserves a mention for being the best song on here, and the masterpiece of the album. The song was the only one to absolutely blow me away on first listen; the tingle of the guitar to open up the song, the plain emotion in the hook, and the strange sense of nostalgia it conveys. It helped confirm that this was an album worth listening to.

It really is a shame that this band have been forgotten with time, it happens too often in music. On a different day, in a different time, Ee could have been huge. With that being said, maybe it’s for the best. With Ramadan alone Ee have left us with an album full of classics and an experience that is very much their own. This is slow Indie Rock at its very best, and with the amount of fans Ee have, any Indie Rock band could rip this album off completely and get their own praise from it. Hell, I’d probably still give it a 4/5. It’s just that good.



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Pheromone
June 18th 2016


8207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My 10th review in the space of 2.5 years, nice!



Another review of an album that won't achieve more than 20 comments, if you're into slow Indie Rock this is fantastic. Check; Ramadan (t/t), One Less Year, Sutro.

You can't find much on youtube but they're on most streaming sites, and they're worth a buy.

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zakalwe
June 18th 2016


31607 Comments


What's this (Heroin jazz remix) nonsense? I'll give it a whirl.



Tunaboy45
June 18th 2016


17203 Comments


Heroin Jazz sounds... new

Might have to give this a listen.

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Pheromone
June 18th 2016


8207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wouldn't concentrate on that remix name.

But if that's what it takes for you to listen, the whole album is very much heroin jazz.

theBoneyKing
June 18th 2016


19408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review. I'm obsessed with this right now. I can definitely see it growing to a 4.5.

And yeah the remix names are pretty meaningless.

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theBoneyKing
August 3rd 2016


19408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wrong Song is such a jam.

More people needa check this.

Pheromone
August 3rd 2016


8207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just the 2 of us Boney.

It's these sort of albums that wish I had a cult following listening to all of my favourites. Or something like that..

Pheromone
August 10th 2016


8207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One Less Year is beautiful, already one of my favourite songs.



One Less Year, to decide

im ok im ok im okkk

theBoneyKing
August 10th 2016


19408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah that's prob my favorite here too.

This album is deceptively intricate, the songs sound so simple at first but upon further listens you realize there are lots of layers and interesting textures.

Pheromone
August 10th 2016


8207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yh it's one of those albums that continue to captivate with more listens, there's something to hit you on every listen

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2016


44029 Comments


great review phebromone, gonna give this a jam

Pheromone
August 14th 2016


8207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ayy cheers row, was waiting for someone else to say that, this album rules.

Asian guys playing mellow indie rock, what more could you want?

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2016


44029 Comments


my Bon Iver vinyl to be here now

Pheromone
August 14th 2016


8207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Wrens to finally announce a release date.



At least your wishes are realistic

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2016


44029 Comments


a single tear just rolled down my cheek

theBoneyKing
October 17th 2016


19408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm trying to say...

I can't hear...

onionbubs
October 17th 2016


12605 Comments


Interesting band name. Will spin soon

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theBoneyKing
October 17th 2016


19408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice, album rules. Some really great guitar tones on this.

Pheromone
January 9th 2017


8207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

im just fine

im just fine

im just fineee

theBoneyKing
January 9th 2017


19408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

More people need to hear this



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