Video of the Moment #1801: RAMS’ Pocket Radio

By on Monday, 11th May 2015 at 6:00 pm

When I spoke with Northern Irish songwriter RAMS’ Pocket Radio, aka Peter McCauley, last year at SXSW 2014, he intimated that he was already starting to work on new material after the release of his debut album ‘Beton’. Now, just over a year later, RAMS’ Pocket Radio is back with a new single titled ‘Reservoir’, which recently received its first radio play from Phil Taggart on BBC Radio 1.

‘Reservoir’ is immediately sleeker and edgier than anything on ‘Béton’, giving it a more boldly confident overtone than McCauley’s somewhat self-conscious previous work. The drum machine beat is distant and aloof, with the electric guitar riff adding some grit to the harmonically inventive keyboard lines. McCauley’s vocal delivery here is strong yet emotionally reserved, his always perfect falsetto most effective in the chorus “I watched you walk away / I watched my life escape / I did not feel one thing / and the feeling came back when you went away”.

True to the self-described “deconstructive” nature of RAMS’ Pocket Radio’s music, the kaleidoscopic video for ‘Reservoir’ features sharply angular computer-generated graphics over cloudy black and white images of McCauley’s face. The visual contrast in the instrumental bridge section, which features a dramatic string arrangement, is particularly well-handled by video director Edward F. Butler.

‘Reservoir’ is available to download or stream on RAMS’ Pocket Radio’s Bandcamp page. Previous TGTF coverage of RAMS’ Pocket Radio is right back here.



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