I recently did a live interview with Beyond the Playlist (online in June!) and feel kinda lame as I completely forgot to plug this artist while I had the chance: Giallos Flame! The pseudonym for UK-based (?) multi-instrumentalist Ron Graham, this project is my personal fave when it comes to modern, horror OST-influenced music ’cause his works is second to none. Not only influenced by the Italian-produced exploitation fare of the 1970s and 80s, his works have the sound and feel down so cold that they easily could be mistaken for the real thing. Those lesser morally inclined could probably get away with putting his vinyl records in dusty, pre-worn sleeves and sell to the uninitiated on eBay for impressive sums and none of them would be the wiser.
Now, Ron seems to be quite the reserved, private guy as he’s been active for more than a decade, but I’d be damned if I could find any additional information or interviews online – an interesting experience as it both frustrates you and reinvigorates your inner nerd (actually, giving it a raging hard-on would be a more proper phrase) as it has you clawing for those scraps of knowledge picked up here and there, furiously assembling them in order to complete the picture. It’s almost like a throwback to the pre-internet late 1980s when horror movies could be rare, uncensored edition usually meant “third generation copy” and information about said titles surfaced once every second year in fanzines that took 6 to 8 weeks to arrive in your mail box. If this is a thought-out marketing strategy I gotta hand it to whoever’s behind it for pulling off the intriguing-mystery-artist image in an age where everybody has an online presence, especially musicians that have a tendency to promote every fart, burp and chord produced during the day. All joking aside, like The Active Listener stated last year his obscurity is puzzling.
He’s done some movie work, composing musical scores for low-budget horrors such as Murder-Set-Pieces and Black Devil Doll, and his discography includes several albums and EPs – all on independent labels. Recently signing to Rotary Tower – both a record label and music library meaning you can license his works for media use – there are two new releases in the plans, Archivio Giallo volumes 1 and 2, collecting over two dozens of rare and unreleased tracks into one hour-long retro experience. Both can be streamed in full on SoundCloud (links below) and I also took the time to create a playlist on YouTube, culling together all the tracks I could find. Check him out!