The (Not So) Irrelevant Hits by The Ripofs

The (Not So) Irrelevant Hits by The Ripofs

Adriana SaboTuesday,7 October 2014

The Snap: 

It would seem that The Ripofs believe that everything you need to know about them fits into this sentence, available on their Facebook page: “Musical and visual project by Jacquelin & Dustin Ripof featuring a number of other people (but nobody cares anymore).” As it turns out, the “number of other people” are just as important as Jacquelin and Dustin and somebody, indeed, still cares (here I am, sitting in my lazy bag, listening to their EP and writing a review). Besides these two, authors of lyrics and the original Ripofs as the matter of fact, those responsible for the Irrelevant Hits are some creative people from Szeged, Hungary: Dombi Ákos (drums & percussion), Fekete Gábor (bass), Kui Róbert (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass), Lorencz Anna (violin) and Nagy Ambrus (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, all vocals). This EP features five tracks, resembling strongly the psych rock from the 70s. With a touch of blues and a bit of pop.

The Download:

“This record is not about drugs.” – Dustin Ripof
“In a way it is.” – Jacquelin Ripof

I’d allow myself to say: This record is not “in a way” about drugs, but it totally is about drugs. Not that the lyrics are telling a tale of drug use, or making clever references to drugs like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” does, but you can’t help but feel that hippy vibe that resonates from their music. The whole EP sounds like a swirl of melting colors, spiced up with some blues-like guitar riffs. Also, the voice of the new creative force behind The Ripofs — Ambrus Nagy — sounds like a somewhat creepier Lou Reed, his voice being deeper and harsher. In all five songs, this voice sets a calm, soothing atmosphere, sounding stoned and satisfied. One, beautifully psychedelic and soothing track is “Helidor in My Pocket,” composed for the guitars and drums. A simple, but lovely song, about two people who set out to “Extinguish the Sun.” The third song, “The Ghost Station near Jacquelin’s House,” possibly due to its place in the middle of the EP, attracted most of my attention. It is “dedicated to unforgettable train rides” and the musical flow bears the resemblance to the sound of the train in motion. Also, the track is a bit sad, referencing, it seems, the eternal passage of time: “Dear friends! This empty carriage here is warm enough, warm enough I feel. I’ll travel down, travel down to you, but I have no car, so my ghost trains should do”.

The best description of the music played by the Ripofs comes from the “Ripofs Blues”, as the lyrics say: “Rip me off baby and help me forget this imaginary music so loud in my head”. And really, after listening to the EP for a few times, you’re not really sure if you actually heard it or just imagined it all. All you know is that you have a strong feeling of serenity, that you are a bit sad and definitely thoughtful and that all this is very loudly echoing in your head.

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