Ragged Rebel City are an Indie/Folk duo consisting of singer/songwriter Stephen William Hodd & guitarist Oddur Mar Runnarson.
Harvesters of the fertile ground between acoustic songs and ragged, unpolished, experimental, yet truthful sonic treatment, R.R.C.’s music is a potent reminder that truth can both sting, and soothe in the same breath. Eschewing traditional song arrangements in favour of artistic undercurrents, Stephen William Hodd’s songs often open with an instantly commanding whisper and gather power through monumental forces of emotional change, drawing the listener through an explosive maelstrom of self-discovery.
The ragged playing of Icelandic guitarist Oddur Mar Runnarson (LAMB) adds an element of grit and drive to the sub-current, furthering the emotion charge as they power through folk-tinged acoustic moments and heftily strummed refrains of positive change.
Ragged Rebel City’s latest album ‘Ode’ is a testament to solitudinous artistry. Stephen William Hodd took to a cottage on the River Deben in Suffolk for a period of time in 2017 to record the album in isolation. ‘Ode’ dives deep into the intimacy of live performances, embellishing them with moments of wild instrumentation, overdubbed choral sections, reverse loops & lo-fi drums.
Think Bon Iver, Bonnie Prince Billy, John Martyn, Nick Drake ensconced in mellifluous free-fall with the abandon of Godspeedyou and Dirty Three.