Ceschi – The One Man Band Broke Up

January 01, 1970

(Fake Four)




These days, at least one release
in four seems to be circled by big, bright balloons about its unique,
earthshaking qualities. Willing listeners are barraged by epic levels of
promotional hyperbole. In all that din, what happens to extraordinary artists,
especially those who elude established or just buzz-heavy genres? That’s part
of the dilemma Ceschi Ramos projects in his thematic oeuvre, The One Man Band Broke Up. It would be a
shame if the projection came true, for this new release is special in several
ways. The first that comes across is the obvious thought devoted by Ramos and
producer DJ Scientist to its effect on
the listener


While a fair amount of space has
been devoted to the groundbreaking nature of Ceschi’s hip hop/Indie//psychedelic
innovation, more-or-less similar mergings (albeit not always beat box-evocative)
have been produced by Mice Parade, Kottarashky, Beck, Arrested Development, and
P.M. Dawn. Still, this is a road relatively less taken. And, as with P.M. Dawn,
anyone fearing an exhausting audio onslaught can breathe easy: Ramos and
Scientist splice restraint, quiet and trippy interludes, and acoustic textures
into harder-hitting material. Most bright balloon-worthy of all: The skill with
which a trove of stylistic byways is sewn into a cohesive, convincing whole.


Ceschi is as much about creative
composition as mix-mastery. A good example is provided by the dreamy falsetto,
iconic subjects, and deceptive simplicity of “Bridge,” which evokes some of the
brilliance of both Gary Wilson and Van Dyke Parks. The well-crafted “Lament for
Captain Julius” is similarly effective. Pretty guitar bubbles, slam-worthy
lyrics, and tight beats comingle on “Bad Jokes.” Swallowed Salt” is a
disarming, 58-second pastiche of harmonica and spoken word circled by singing. As
for straight-up, on-a-mission word play, Ceschi delivers; most notably on the
title song, “Fallen Famous,” and “Julius’ Final Song.”


The bottom line: This easy 2010
standout could be recommended to anyone, excepting listeners who bar any hip hop
from permeating their armor. How often can you make either of those
pronouncements? How often can you say, You
really have to check this out


DOWNLOAD: “Lament for Captain Julius,” “Fallen Famous,” “Bridge,”


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