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Ronjo V

Ronjoism

Review by Gary Hill

This six song EP lands in the neighborhood of spacey alternative rock. It has a lot of dream pop built into it along with some modern prog elements and more. It manages to alternate sounds quite a bit from one track to another. That, along with some good songwriting, makes it an interesting ride from start to finish.

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Track by Track Review
Dying Wish

This opener is high energy and pretty classy. It’s a great alternative rocker that’s rather catchy and quite meaty. There are hints of modern proggy stuff like Radiohead, but it’s also not far off from some of Jane’s Addiction’s more soaring, music.

Slo Motion
Trippy, dreamy alternative rock, this has a definite psychedelic edge to it. It flows well and has almost a dream pop element.
A.G.L.S
Piano starts this off and the arrangement has a really trippy jazz trio sound at first. It works out to more of an alternative rock meets modern prog sound from there. There is somehow an intimacy here that isn’t on some of the others. There is really a lot of charm here, making it a highlight of the set.
Caught
A mellower, trippier kind of number, this is a fun song. It has a drifting kind of vibe to it. It’s definitely related to dream pop music. A percussive section takes it at the end.
You're Not the First
Mellower music, with the sounds of rain, starts this piece. The cut works to more of a modern moody prog sound. It is definitely psychedelic, dreamy and trippy, too. The tone of this is so classy, making it one of the highlights.
Un-Friend
While the closer lies nearer to stripped down folk music, it still has plenty of the trippy alternative rock of the rest of the album built into it. I would say that it might have made sense to close things with a more rocking piece, but this works pretty well in that slot.
 
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