Raf Rundell has today announced details of the release of his second album. O.M. Days, which will be out on Friday April 9th 2021 on Heavenly Recordings.
Featuring guest appearances from Chas Jankel, Lias Saoudi, Teri Walker, Andy Jenkins and Man & The Echo.
Last seen a couple of years back on his debut long-player Stop Lying, Raf has today also shared Ample Change (ft. Lias Saoudi), the second track to be taken off the album following Monsterpiece on which he roped in the legendary Chas Jankel to provide his distinctive touch.
Featuring on the cover a striking Keith Haring meets the Green Man image from acclaimed artist and long-time collaborator Ben Edge, the picture wasinspired by the folk tale of the giant of Dawson, who is both male & female, human and vegetation and lived in the imagination of Dawson’s Hill, a stretch of South London parkland a stones throw away from Dawson’s Heights, the flats featured on the cover of Raf’s debut Stop Lying.
Edge and Rundell, for reasons they can’t entirely comprehend, concocted a rite which took place the first full moon after this year’s summer solstice (the results of which can be seen in the short film trailer for the album). This involved the giant – also known as Tommy Hill Figure – being created on Dawson’s Hill.
Earlier this year we were dreaming of a better future. Sequestered on a hilltop a plan floated over on the air. We would name the first full moon after summer solstice 2020 the O.M.Days moon. We approached a landowner who already had a small Viking encampment in his grounds. Could we..? Yes we could. We are still unsure what happened. Perhaps it was a profound magical experience. Perhaps it was a load of wankers from London who’d been indoors too long let loose on a midsummer night. Either way our intentions were sincere and for the good of all living things.
The LP comes pressed on eco wax vinyl and there will also be a very limited ‘Moon Ritual’ edition exclusively available from Raf and Heavenly’s Bandcamp pages. Limited to 230 copies, signed, numbered and wax sealed, the edition contains stamped white label vinyl, embroidered ‘Dawson’ circular patch, A3 Dawson riso-print, a perforated Dawson blotter art sheet, transcript of the ceremony performed at the the Moon Ritual and a spoonful of sacred ashes from the ceremony’s fire. The album can be pre-ordered HERE.
Finally, Raf has announced a run of U.K. headline shows in May next year. The dates are as follows:
22.05.21 – The Lending Room – LEEDS
23.05.21 – Hare & Hounds 2 – BIRMINGHAM
24.05.21 – King Tut’s – GLASGOW
25.05.21 – YES – MANCHESTER
26.05.21 – Peckham Audio – LONDON
27.05.21 – The Prince Albert – BRIGHTON
Tickets go on sale at 11am Thursday 10th December.