The self-produced fifth album from Sydney swamp rockers The Ramalamas is literally and figuratively a thrilling one: the 16 tracks here form the original motion picture soundtrack to imaginary long lost 1968 horror/drama cult classic Le Cape Noir (The Black Cape). Chris Nielsen (vocals, guitars), Peter Kirwan (guitars, pedal steel), Matthias Engesser (bass), Paul Leadbetter (keys) and Scott Armstrong (drums) play danceable garage psych topped with a dirty country and surf sauce. To emphasize the cinematic feel, some tunes are instrumental, and you’ll also hear cracking skits with dialogues by Australian actors Sacha Horler and Nick Galea. This isn’t the first soundtrack to an imaginary movie, but rarely has it turned out as well as this one.
Le Cape Noir is out now digitally and on vinyl through Half A Cow Records.
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