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Fresh Tracks: Red Ram offers dial jump concept set


Mark Feduk’s Red Ram project continues to blur the genre lines with the latest release, Ride to Weeping Wall, celebrated live at The Black Dog on May 21st.

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Fresh Tracks: Red Ram offers dial jump concept set
Red Ram’s latest album, Ride to Weeping Wall. Provided

Mark Feduk’s Red Ram project continues to blur the genre lines with its latest release, Ride to Weeping Wall.

Billed as an album “intended to be a single artistic expression listened to in its entirety”, Ride to Weeping Wall has an epic reach usually unexplored on previous Red Ram releases, which buzzed with electro-pop flourishes alongside roots rock elements. . On Ride to Weeping Wall, Feduk’s horizons have expanded, inviting new textures and themes into his work.

Seemingly a solo effort backed by a host of musicians, Ride to Weeping Wall skips the radio dial, from country twangy referencing Feduk’s time in local alt-country legends The Uncas to swirling, grungy psychedelics of early Screaming Trees, sometimes all in the same song.

Soaring pedal steel cruises through the songs If Ya Wanna Ride and Weeping Wall, giving a desperate quality, while a dirty harmonica thumps through Writings on the Wall. Cadence Burns’ vocal styles support Feduk’s vocals, which are often distorted and fueled by echo delays to make it sound like memories of half-forgotten heartaches.

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Think of it as a concept album or a cohesive journey through a theme, but Ride to Weeping Wall feels well-earned and organic. Clever studio tricks show up on subsequent listens, making it a delight to pick up any unorthodox drumming or what sound like whispers lurking in the mix. Even with the production magic coloring the songs, one can’t help but wonder how great these songs will sound performed live, which you’ll be lucky enough to witness as Red Ram throws a release party. live Saturday, May 21 at The Black Chien.

Listen to Red Ram’s Ride to Weeping Wall on all digital platforms, including Bandcamp.

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