A Giant in the Snow

A 12 track adult contemporary album (47m 24s) — released May 24th 2010 on Geo Records
South London based trio Raf and O brew their own colour of electronica around the compositions of Florentine songstress Raf Mantelli; her layered keyboard textures, guitar and samples magically frame an intimate and magnetic voice, seamlessly entwining with Richard Smith's voluptuous bass lines and Graham Dids's (Nico, Pere Ubu, John Cale, Gagarin) innovative electronic percussion. Live performances alongside Faust, Rothko, Robert Logan and Alabama 3 have shown Raf and O can swim in experimental waters whilst keeping the pool edge of pop at hand. Marking the relaunch of Geo Records their debut 10" vinyl Ep "Has the air gone walking?" (April 2008) gathered great reviews and radio plays across Uk/ Europe. 'Indietronic delicacy' Mixmag 'Her sweet honey-soaked vocals drizzle sensuality and emotions.. somewhere between Boards Of Canada's ambience, Aphex Twin's glitchiness and the pop sensibilities of early Bjork' The Skinny 'There is little doubt that Raf and O are something new' Milk Factory A Giant In the Snow is the band's first album release on GEO. Here the faint touch of acoustic guitar plays a cameo in this glitch tinged world. From the gently jarring noise infused cabaret of the eponymous opener to the dark grinding machine of Bully, through the acid spacey folk of Gio on to the wide horizon of The Seam and Go Find Another Planet. The album reveals a journey that develops a strong emotional pull, mysteriously poppy, spacious and cinematic, intimate and seductive. The band have a slew of gigs across the country booked around the release of the album available on CD or download from May.

The minimalist glitches and sporadic rhythms provide an appropriately dark and mysterious backdrop to Florentine songstress Raf's haunting vocals - Subba Cultcha

The 12 songs on " Giant in The Snow" unite Ambient - and Glitch influence with the Pop sensibilities of early Björk pieces equally fragile as warming - RAVELINE

On side Raf's vocal, always in the foreground, on the other the instruments and the nocturnal electronica of the two partners in crime - Rockerilla

Slightly disquieting, yet definitely beautiful hazy afternoon listening – sumptuous stuff to dream to, whilst you dream-up worlds’ and possibilities - Tim Boddy XYZ

Everything from festival dub to post rock and more - something to love on both EPs - Joe Muggs Mixmag

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