Ringhold – Hello Bob!

Artist: Ringhold
Title: Hello Bob!
Keywords: blues raplamaa avant-garde blues extended vocals freaky dancing outsider music time traveler Estonia

Baby and me have been listening to this album by this Estonian duo. The baby isn’t mine and neither is the music. But it stopped the baby from crying and it stopped the lack of mental entertainment at the same time. I was surprised about the effect that the music had, I expected it to be another one of those rusty singer songwriter cases, but got happily surprised by the rhythmic flavors in music & the vocalist transforming and wiggling around it like a in balanced inseparable duo. The baby immediately liked the rhythms and style – so we sat it out in togetherness.

The first song ‘Hello Bob’ gave me the impression of a Sesame Street character popping out with a guitar and a distinctive voice. A Jim Henson puppet with a fist up its bum singing and growling like a niece from Cookie Monster who passionately juggled its music out of a garbage bin in the sun. It sounds pretty much entertaining to me! In fact it’s probably suitable entertainment for the whole family & even though the exact visual of a enlarged sock puppet isn’t there, anyone with a vivid imagination would be able to think of one that fits the picture. It’s a jolly character with the blues up its sleeves, playing the strings like a second skin!

High Water Everywhere’ makes me want to kick up a leg on the rhythm of the music. It just got this groove that is irresistible. Even the baby on my lap is dancing, kicking its tiny feet along with the folksy movements. I love the vibe here, the voice become less cartoonish and much more strong. It’s like a wolf human hybrid, howling to the moon on all the right ways & singing with a groove and strength that is utterly fitting.

Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues had a nice authentic swing to it, swinging it all bluesy style. I enjoyed how the guitar strings are so rhythmic and snappy & how the vocal morphed yet again into a different style of character. This one is one that I would expected to burst into yodeling if it could. She refrained from actually doing it, but the tension is there; it seemed to keep the music on its toes.

After this a song in a language that is to me unknown is laid out. I’m sure it’s a existing one, but if you would say it’s a made up one I would have believed it too. The music hops from bluesy to slightly rocky & the tone falls into a style madevuo our of singing rolls from actual long tones to shorter ones. It was here that the baby started to squeak out it’s own baby language, as if the little one knew exactly what she was chatting about; leaving me all side lined and mystified by this communications exchange. The song that followed next was also pretty damn special, just for the voice that managed to combine a whole load of styles all at once. Cookie Monster, the vocal imitation of a bunch of guitar strings being plucked, a holy singer, a howl of a horse morphing into a eagle — you name it! A machine gun? No problem! Dadaist gibberish? Easy! It felt proper mental at times the way the voice strangles and twist itself for a groovy weird sensation of expression – and I dug it! The baby seemed to be entertained by it, looking around to find out where the madness had been coming from…

By the time that a song named ‘Lendamine’ had reached the ears of our judgements, the baby had decided to continue the session in a passed out form. Snoring happily like only a baby could. I placed the music a little bit softer not to wake up the little one, but not too soft to miss out on the pretty tones of expression that are found within this part. The song sounded ancient and wise to me. Is it about a land mine?

All the way down the line of tracks we have a song in English again, making me feel relieved, as it’s always nice to be able to understand what you are hearing. Here the vocal growls and sings as she pulls everything out of her magicians hat of tricks to go along with the rhythmic strings. I noticed the baby having a contagious smile on its sleeping face; I guess a sign of a mission accomplished! Well done Ringhold!

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1 Response to Ringhold – Hello Bob!

  1. El Ka says:

    Thank KN for the inspiring flow of words regarding this album! The language in question is Estonian. It belongs to the Finnic brach of Uralic languages – we call it Fenno-Ugric language group. Anywayzzz, thanks we really enjoyed the review!

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