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Renaldo & the Loaf – Absence

Strangely beautiful oddball music from Portsmouth’s finest. This is from their debut album (or debut 0.1 seeing as this was from the vinyl Ralph release that differed from their self-released cassette) that was a stunning piece of work with incredible tape loops and use of the home studio (which was a far more impressive feat in the late 70’s compared to these days). This track has eerie sax and clanking percussion bolstering a song about business trips and caraway cake.


Renaldo & the Loaf – Cast Iron Smile

Rare R&tL track that appeared on a 1984 compilation titled ‘The History of Jazz’. The compilation was released just after¬† the ‘Arabic Yodelling’ album, although the style of this track is far wilder than that album, and brings to mind their earlier work.

Renaldo & the Loaf – The Blowflie’s Dilemma

Bouncy, joyous strangeness from the Portsmouth duo’d 3rd album, 1983’s ‘Arabic Yodelling’; released on The Residents label Ralph Records.

Renaldo & the Loaf – Night

One for the night.

Renaldo & the Loaf – Letters From Lee

An insane tape loop collage and Loaf like voice treatments typical of the bands early materials. This was originally on the cassette version of their debut album “Struve & Sneff”(1979), which they released on their own Rotcod label. This piece didn’t make the cut for the Ralph Records vinyl of the album, and would certainly have been the most abstract track on the album if it had.

Renaldo & the Loaf – J.P.W.B.C

Short slice of beauty from the Portsmouth duo’s 3rd album, 1983’s ‘Arabic Yodelling’.

An Interview with Renaldo & the Loaf (2007)

The reformed R&tL talk about their past work, along with what was intended to come next. Portsmouth’s finest.

Renaldo & the Loaf – Melvyn’s Repose

Tape loop shenanigans from the Swinging Larvae -era. Check out the loop at the one minute mark; hellish under certain, enhanced circumstances, but to this listener it has a haunting beauty. Portsmouth’s finest!

Renaldo & the Loaf – Lime Jelly Grass

This is where the madness starts! The opening track to the gaggle of lysergic tape-loops, toy drums, and candy-coloured chants that is their 1980 masterpiece ‘Songs For Swinging Larvae’.

Renaldo & The Loaf – A Street Called Straight

The Renaldo & The Loaf that appeared on their 1987 album ‘The Elbow Is Taboo’ were one equipped with drum machines and synthesiser’s; changing the band’s sonics, even though the song form and musical structures were still in keeping with their back catalogue (especially previous album ‘Arabic Yodelling’). ¬†This track is like T-Rex going psych Raga, with an opening incredibly similar to Peter Gabriel’s ‘The Family & The Fishing Net’ from his 1982 album (unofficially titled ‘Security’).

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