Australian-born and LA based independent pop artist RALPHY is receiving an overwhelming response to her EP ‘PEACE LOVER’, released a few months ago. A proud advocate of equal rights and gay pride, RALPHY is highlighting the need for social accountability through this EP. To be honest, I had never heard of RALPHY before, but I’m always searching for ‘new-to-me’ music.
And because I listen to a lot of genres, it can take time for me to scour all of the different artists finding hidden gems that I fall in love with. But sometimes these artists just stumble onto my desk. RALPHY is one such artist. I gave the first track available, “Lover”, a listen, and I was blown away. So I quickly listened to the other 5 tracks, and I couldn’t be happier that I did!
The ‘PEACE LOVER’ EP has not stopped playing in my car, at work, when I exercise, you name it. I am so happy I took a chance; RALPHY is a phenomenally talented artist with an extremely sensual persona. I love the vocals, the music, the lyrics, everything about her.
She kind of reminds of Kylie Minogue in her heyday – RALPHY has that same classy sensuality that transpires though every note that she sings. She could probably sing ‘Humpty Dumpty’, and I would still be aroused. But beware; this could be detrimental to fully exploring and appreciation the RALPHY experience.
You may be so blinded by her persona and the aura that she emits; you’ll probably miss out on most of the lyrics and the sparkling electronic production on each track.
Throughout the EP, RALPHY maintains an almost ethereal dreamy sound mixed with a batch of crisp, sophisticated, impeccably produced tunes that will appeal especially to those searching for melodic, electronic pop and thoughtful lyrics. Never forced or overwhelming, RALPHY’s voice is outstanding throughout, and the overlaying of the vocals creates great mood and harmony.
“Love Remains” is haunting and anthemic, and hands down, one of the best electronic pop tunes I have heard all year. My favorite track however is, “Skin To Skin”, a vocal roller coaster atop of an electrifying rhythm that ebbs and flows, underscored by the power of growling synths. “Luna” is slower and imploring, with a touch of melodrama and “Just Met” continues on a dramatic and almost symphonic high.
‘Love’ is the keyword on this album which wants to inspire social change, not from only from the lyrics and subject matter, but from the musical atmosphere and perspective that makes you thoughtful enough to realize how stupid your version of society is.
‘PEACE LOVER’ is a rich aural tapestry that unfolds before you. With each revelation, you gain greater appreciation of both the fine details and the bigger picture of what RALPHY is transmitting through her music. Its beauty is unrelenting, as is that of the Australian songstress!