April 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
Raf and O’s new full-length second album is OUT NOW!!!
Finally, we’re so proud to present Time Machine, self-released on Telephone, available on Bandcamp, iTunes and all good digital stores.
Latest press says:
“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 from bent out of shape Air meets folkloric avant-noir to ESG and Radiohead’s Hail To The Thief”
A special gig was staged at the beginning of the month to celebrate its release.
“She’s a tongue twisting storm, she will sing at the show tonight…”
David Bowie Official featured the launch for our new album.
We are absolutely thrilled !!!
“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 (http://smarturl.it/liveRAFnOlady)… Lady Grinning Soul is included on that new LP: Time Machine” David Bowie Official
The front cover captures Raf and O performing on the Beckenham Bandstand
GET IT HERE!
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We’d like to thank all who came down and once again Kaparte for the wonderful hosting.
More live performances are scheduled. Today we’re off to play at the ‘genuinely alternative after-office’ Scaledown. For more details, address etc, see our LIVE PAGE. Then next up is South East London in May; we shall be performing at Vinyl in Deptford. Details again will be added HERE.
Raf and O x
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Pictures by Angelique Le Marchand, Adam Donen and Lee Winter
Memory Of A Free Festival – Lady Grinning Soul Live Video – Raf and O on The Beckenham Bandstand + Kaparte Oxjam 2013
October 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
When we wrote about our memories of the festival in our last blog , we mentioned a new video was on the way – here it is, all the way from the Beckenham bandstand!
Raf and O perform a micro rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Memory Of A Free Festival’ and ‘Lady Grinning Soul’.
Huge thanks to Luigi Altilia for filming. Further below – ‘Beckenham: Free Festival at bandstand jogs memories of a star man’s arts scene’.
Thanks goes to Wendy Woo for sending the newspaper clipping from the day above.
And from the iconic victorian bandstand to the stylish art deco settings of The Ivy House in Nunhead. Keeping it live in the South East, Raf and O will be performing next, at the excellent Kaparte Oxjam Festival- a great line up, alongside Ernesto Tomasini, Gagarin and more. Friday 18th October, a night of experimental and electronic music, avant-garde entertainment, visuals and djs. All proceedings will go to Oxfam. For details, address, tickets and FB event, please see our LIVE PAGE.
See you there!
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May 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
Here is one more video courtesy of Luigi Altilia from our launch at Cafe OTO back in April.
‘Raf and O caress Bowie’ Bowie Wonderworld
Raf and O x
April 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
our single is coming out today!! Very excited about it, it’s a self-release, please support us by getting yourself a copy HERE
It includes our version of David Bowie‘s Lady Grinning Soul (studio take)
‘The Fog’ and a remix of The Fog by electronic trio Nedry.
The LIVE VIDEO has reached 1000 plays in just over a month and the feedback so far has been fantastic!
‘Very creative. I enjoyed it a lot’
Mike Garson (David Bowie’s pianist/ collaborator since 1972)
God Is In The TV Zine
‘Raf and O caress Bowie’
News from our recent Launch at Cafe OTO … it was a wicked night! You can watch a video HERE and there’s more to come.
Thanks to all who came down to this brilliant venue; so many people and such an attentive audience! Promoted by our wonderful friend, the very excellent Klarita from Kaparte, we supported Larsen with Little Annie – they did a fantastic show.
And thanks to Angelique Le Marchand for these and other brilliant shots! (Below)
Get yourself a copy of our single, it’s going for a song, quite literally on iTunes!
LADY GRINNING SOUL / THE FOG – BUY HERE
Raf and O x
March 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
Raf and O are thrilled to have received this endorsement from David Bowie’s creative collaborator since 1972 and stunning pianist on the original ‘Lady Grinning Soul‘!
‘Very creative. I enjoyed it a lot’ Mike Garson. Raf is buzzing, as this era of Bowie was central to her initial musical development.
Our live video has also been featured in the Bowie Wonderworld website and has been described as ‘Raf and O caress Bowie’.
The upcoming single ‘Lady Grinning Soul/ The Fog will soon be available to pre-order. To be updated on this, please join our mailing list; just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
By joining you will also be entitled to periodic freebies only available to this list.
We are really excited and your support is absolutely invaluable.
Tickets for the launch at Cafe OTO are still available HERE
Raf and O x
Raf and O announce release for Bowie’s Lady Grinning Soul + The Fog + Remix by Nedry (Cafe OTO Launch)
February 26, 2013 § Leave a comment
Having spent all of 2012 closing the live shows with our rework of David Bowie‘s ‘Lady Grinning Soul from the seminal album ‘Aladdin Sane‘ we are finally releasing it ahead of our new album. We’ve had some thoroughly excellent feedback from live audiences, so we are celebrating this as well as Bowie’s return!! Being long standing fans of his work and Raf a complete Bowie nut means we are buzzing!
It will be released as a package containing the studio version of ‘Lady Grinning Soul‘, ‘The Fog‘ and a wicked Remix of the latter courtesy of the brilliant three piece post-dubstep/ electronic band Nedry. More details on this soon.
In the meantime, here is a video of a live version of ‘Lady Grinning Soul’ from the Lewisham Arthouse show – massive thanks to Luigi Altilia for filming.
The launch is to be taking place at CAFE OTO on April 1st promoted by the wonderful Klarita from Kaparte Promotions – great venue and great bill!
We will be opening for Larsen (15 years of avant/ experimental activity) on their European Tour feat. legendary dub-diva Little Annie (a.k.a. Annie Anxiety Bandez), who has recently released her autobiography.
You can get your TICKETS HERE
We’ve also just started a TWITTER page – you can follows us HERE
Extremely excited 😀
Raf and O
January 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
We’re thoroughly excited to say we’ve now completed our second album…
Eleven tracks, developed through experimentation and reconfiguring who does what and how, whilst keeping a weather eye on the live show.
Allied to this Raf and O are also putting the finishing touches to a collaborative album with Robert Logan.
We’ll be posting info and some stuff onto Soundcloud in the next few days, so you can hear what we’ve all been up to.
Last year saw us working on an arrangement of David Bowie‘s ‘Lady Grinning Soul’ from 1973’s album Aladdin Sane. Bowie has been a huge and long standing influence of Raf’s, as it’s his 65th birthday today, we thought we’d record it and share it, we’ve run ahead with enthusiasm, but it proves to be more complicated/ involving to share as first thought. So it may have to wait. Still, happy Birthday David!
Next up…brand new Raf and O material.