Children Of The Bewlay Brothers

Acclaimed Art Pop Duo Raf and O present:

CHILDREN OF THE BEWLAY BROTHERS
(TO DAVID BOWIE WITH LOVE)

THE SHOW

David Bowie has always been a massive inspiration to Raf and O. Since performing their unique version of Lady Grinning Soul praised by Mike Garson in the early 2010s, the duo have perfomed in prestigious venues such as The Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Union Chapel and in theatres and halls around England to great acclaim. When the pandemic struck they committed to a year of online shows (featured on The Metro’s newspaper amongst the best online) performing their own songs, the songs of Kate Bush and in November 2020 they launched a show, ‘Children Of The Bewlay Brothers’, their alter-ego, the show is steeped in theatrical tradition and the pair immerse themselves in renditions and interpretations entirely dedicated to David’s songs live on The Tour Online. Their performance of ’The Man Who Sold The World’ a live video shared from the launch captured the attention of the press. The show has continued to delight the fans online and Raf and O are now looking forward to hit the road with it!

“It’s going to haunt my dreams”

Joe Muggs

“Stunning”

Pennyblackmusic

“Greatly strung out on heavens high as always. Love it”

Monolith Cocktail

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DAVID BOWIE
IN THE WORLD OF RAF AND O

Hailed for their unique and compelling dramatic art pop, South-East London duo Raf and O, are inextricably linked to David Bowie. Their career includes four acclaimed albums to date and various musical explorations, they celebrated Bowie live on prestigious occasions including Starman at the Union Chapel in January 2016 and the remake of the Beckenham Free Festival. They were also quoted in Mary Finnigan‘s book, Psychedelic Suburbia, have released interpretations of his songs, featured on David Bowie Official, received praise by Mike Garson for their unique interpretation of Lady Grinning Soul and they have dedicated an original song to him on their last album ‘The Space Between Nothing And Desire’, the highly praised ‘A Bow To Bowie’. Raf said in an interview with Pennyblackmusic: ” David concocted the element of surprise and excitement, which I crave in music and then served it on a stage through performance, drama, allure and damn good singing”. In June 2021 Raf and O share a live video of a new song inspired by The Man Who Fell To Earth, the 1976 science fiction film directed by Nicolas Roeg starring David Bowie in the role of Thomas Jerome Newton and Candy Clark in the one of Mary-Lou. ‘Tommy Newton’ (hear it and watch it HERE) is the name of the track, a love song Raf has written from the perspective of Mary-Lou saying: “It’s sad, yearning and reflective, she’s talking to Tommy, but it’s really happening in her mind, she’s talking to herself and she’s talking to us. I loved the film all my life, just as I’ve loved Bowie”. Already garnering a splendid reception’ the song has been described as intoxicating, reflective, artistic, dramatic, spellbinding and sublime.  

‘A Bow To Bowie’ an enthralling tribute to one of Raf & O’s main inspirations. The intensity is off the scale.”

ELECTRONIC SOUND

“One of the more memorable events of the Beckenham Festival was Raf and O’s haunting performance of David Bowie’s Lady Grinning Soul”

DAVID BOWIE OFFICIAL

“Very creative. I enjoyed it a lot”

MIKE GARSON

“The album takes a lovely turn with a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Lady Grinning Soul’ from Aladdin Sane, a theme song for an imaginary Bond movie, whose warm, analogue synth waves remind of Brian Eno circa Before And After Science”

The Quietus

“Most impressive were Raf and O, a talented avant-garde duo influenced by David Bowie but no copycat” 

PSYCHEDELIC SUBURBIA

“It’s going to haunt my dreams”

JOE MUGGS  

“Intoxicating, reflective, artistic and dramatic”

GOD IS IN THE TV ZINE

“A spellbinding lamentable love song … sublime”

MONOLITH COCKTAIL

Raf and O perform as
Children Of The Bewlay Brothers (To David Bowie with Love)

Raf and O perform at Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity, 2016. Photo © Gaz De Vere

Raf and O perform at Starman Celebration, Union Chapel, 2016. Photo © Angelique Le Marchand at 3SongRule

Raf Mantelli and Mike Garson. Photo by O Richard Smith

Raf and O perform at Memory Of A Free Festival, September 2013. Photo © Dave Flynn Photography

Raf Mantelli and Brian Eno. Photo by O Richard Smith

  • Archives

  • THE SPACE BETWEEN
    NOTHING AND DESIRE

    BUY CD Album HERE

    BUY DIGITAL HERE

    “The intensity is off the scale. It begins with ‘A Bow To Bowie’ an enthralling tribute to one of Raf & O’s main inspirations.. while the charming ‘Underwater Blue’ will go down in pop history as the track that launched the snorkelectro scene..From the poignant to the provocative to the playful ‘The Space Between Nothing And Desire’ is wonderfully theatrical and, unless you’re made of stone, quite irresistible.”

    ELECTRONIC SOUND

    “Stark and otherworldly, a haunting ode, subtle swelling bricolage of ghostly synths, tumbling acoustic notes and a bass drum that thuds like a heartbeat throughout. While Raf’s almost otherworldly almost jazz-like vocals spiral across the upper register with echoes of Kate Bush at her most avant-garde”

    GOD IS IN THE TV ZINE

    “This is a strange and luscious album”

    JOE MUGGS

    “A defiantly original act, one which one can listen to time over and still find something new, and with ‘The Space Between Nothing and Desire’ they have created an album that is as daring as it is compelling”

    PENNYBLACKMUSIC

    “Sublime in execution, subtle but with a real depth and levity, TSBNAD is an astonishing piece of new romantic, avant-theater pop and electronica that dares to unlock the mind and fathom emotion..a masterclass of pulchritude magnificence. Imbued by both the musicality and spirit of David Bowie, Scott Walker, David Sylvian (both as a solo artist and with the fey romantics Japan), Kate Bush and in their most avant-garde mode, Bjork, the South London based duo of Raf (Raf Mantelli) and O (Richard Smith) occupy the perimeters of alternative art-rock and experimental electronica as the true inheritors of those cerebral inspirations”

    MONOLITH COCKTAIL

    “An audio voyage that seems to bridge the gap between cosmos and earth as the record develops.’A Bow to Bowie’ gazes explicitly heavenward, combining respectful, open sincerity with sheer intelligence and wit, absorbing musical and lyrical references to the song’s subject into a structure all their own. The title track is almost a battery-operated torch song, Raf’s sensual, almost swinging vocal conjuring up a kind of electronic chanson.

    ADRIAN SPECS

  • BUY PORTAL CD Album HERE

    PORTAL ALBUM LAUNCH is PENNYBLACK MUSIC GIG OF THE YEAR 2016 picked by John Clarkson

    “Raf and O specialise in floaty and delicate musical paintings. Raf’s dreamy vocals leading the way but more often than not melting into the instrumentation. The highlights include a track based on the words of Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 62’ and a version of David Bowie’s ‘Win’ which is almost unrecognisable and utterly charming. All in all, this is beautiful stuff.”

    Push, ELECTRONIC SOUND

    “Raf and O are a band of kaleidoscopic, unusual ideas, and, with ‘Portal’, they have created a remarkable record. There is a celestial, otherworldly element to them…they are totally unique”

    PENNYBLACKMUSIC MAGAZINE

    “A further voyage into their adventurous musical dreams, spliced with the literary influences of William Seward Burroughs and Shakespeare.”

    GOD IS IN THE TV ZINE

    “The sublime new album by Raf and O is called ‘Portal’.
    It’s very difficult to choose highlights from such a consistently winning record”

    ADRIAN SPECS

    “Raf and O’s gothic and magical references are twisted to conjure up ominous visions, to a backing track of free-spirited avant-jazz drumming, trip-hop and contorted machine music …from esoteric Italian to plague originated nursery rhyme English, on ‘Drunk’, to channeling a smoky bar room Scott Walker vibe, on ‘Neurons’… Paying homage once again to their biggest inspiration, David Bowie, the duo transforms the original into a beautifully melting, strung-out plucked love recital. Brilliantly shimmering with an affectionate, ruminating and heart-aching vocal … the album cementing the partnership’s unique narratives and poetic views of a machine age and cybernetic world”

    MONOLITH COCKTAIL

    “I was at the QEH for a Burroughs night, where I saw Raf Mantelli and O Richard Smith, aka Raf and O, deliver a superb if too short set to the large and appreciative audience they really deserve.”

    DAVID STUBBS

    “If you are looking for instant gratification in a busy world, try listening to “The Deadliest Flower” or “Magic” to give you an insight into just one window pane of their diverse work”

    HUMAN DYNAMICS

  • BUY SONNET 62/ INK EP – OUT NOW

    ‘Seductive and alien…Aboard a haunted freighter in the deepest reaches of deep space…soothes and coos like a cross between Beth Gibbons and a female David Sylvian…It is both equally seductive and alien, a machine driven twitchy gallop into the ether. Creeping into the dense hallucinatory environment of ‘A Reason To Try’, the trio stir untethered in a strange soup of churned up beats and solar tidal waves’

    MONOLITH COCKTAIL

  • BUY TIME MACHINE CD Album HERE

    FACT magazine Top 10 album of 2014 picked by Joe Muggs

    “The excellent Time Machine represents the very antithesis of EDM ..There is a butterfly, acoustic delicacy about tracks like ‘Mad And Brilliant’, and yet also the deceptive, steel strength of spider silk in their complex weaving – Raf’s vocal ranges far and wide in her emotional and lyrical foragings…Freeze-frame any given second of this album and it’ll reveal a hive of pixellated, analogue activity…As with Time Machine as a whole, it’s an approach you’d do well to take up, if you know what’s good for you.”

    DAVID STUBBS, THE QUIETUS

    “One of the more memorable events of the Beckenham Festival in September 2013 was RAF AND O’s haunting performance of David Bowie’s Lady Grinning Soul”

    DAVID BOWIE OFFICIAL

    “A beguiling slice of noir-pop…a total treat”

    THE GIRLS ARE

    “Tripped-out hypnotic Raf and O embody the exploratory art school/mime period Bowie. Their sound springs from a conjuncture of Aladdin Sane and The Man Who Fell To Earth, but with an added allure of trip-hop…Tender and diaphanous, from bent out of shape Air meets folkloric avant-noir to ESG and Radiohead’s Hail To The Thief”

    MONOLITH COCKTAIL

    “Whispering their song like tomorrow’s cautionary lullabies sent backward to today as an omen of intrigue.”

    IMPOSE MAGAZINE

  • BUY TIME MACHINE EP HERE

    “Interstellar spaciousness”

    EXCLAIM MAGAZINE

    “Four versions of the leading ‘Time Machine’ journey beyond the stratosphere, kooky, mysterious and breathy, attracting an impressive trio of sonic cosmonauts”

    MONOLITH COCKTAIL

  • BUY LADY GRINNING SOUL/ THE FOG HERE

    “Very creative. I enjoyed it a lot”

    MIKE GARSON

    “Raf and O caress Bowie”

    BOWIE WONDERWORLD

    “A moving Avant – Bizarre version of Lady Grinning Soul”

    GOD IS IN THE TV ZINE

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