While Euphoria’s eclectic records may be somewhat underground and better known in the art-rock-pop world, there’s a good chance that you’re familiar with Emmy nominated guitarist-composer Ken Ramm’s music, thanks to Euphoria’s tracks being licensed for use in high-profile television and film projects in addition to serving as the soundtrack for Apple campaigns and keynote speeches by Steve Jobs. Mainstream music fans have the chance to discover and delve into the Euphoria catalog now that four of Ramm’s albums have been reissued by Bob Frank Entertainment leading to the release of a new album, “5 Times A Charm,” this Fall.
The Euphoria projects recently reissued are “Dragon” (1981) and “Ramm” (1984). Albums “e4 Instrumental” and “e4 Vocal” (both 2013) will be reissued later this year followed by the new recording.
Throughout his lengthy and diverse career path, Ramm has been crafting imaginative sonicscapes drawn from broad palates of electronic, trip hop, jazz, fusion, Americana, progressive rock and pop. Releasing a catalog of adventurous albums as Euphoria, the audacious alchemist found inventive ways to set his predominantly twelve-string acoustic guitar among lavish aural tapestries, use gauzy electric slide guitar to texturize experimental audio files, and dispense improvised melodies amidst danceable grooves.
“We are thrilled to be working with Ken Ramm (Euphoria) on his new music as well as his catalog. For the first time ever, it will be marketed together, and we hope to bring his beautiful compositions to a wider audience,” said Bob Frank, CEO and founder of Bob Frank Entertainment.
“It is a great privilege to be working with an experienced music man such as Bob Frank and his Bob Frank Distribution team,” said Ramm, a global artist based in Toronto and New York who often records in London. “Their alliance with SONY and The Orchard makes for a powerful combination. To have a historical perspective of my music, aligned with the upcoming new material from my music project, ‘5 Times A Charm,’ gives the music buying and listening public a chance to experience my growth as an artist both past and present.”
Ramm’s first offering “Dragon” was mixed by GRAMMY winner Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel). He has collaborated with Rush’s Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, and vocalists Tracy Bonham and Tina Dico (Zero 7) are featured singing on Euphoria albums.
Filmmakers and television music supervisors have been enamored with Euphoria’s striking and visually compelling material, which run the gamut from high-energy club bangers to moody atmospherics. Euphoria tracks have been heard on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Expendables 3,” “Roswell” and “Oprah.” Academy Award-winning director Michael Mann used Euphoria cuts “Devil May Care” and “Blue” for the HBO series “Luck,” which starred Dustin Hoffman. Apple and Nissan are among the companies who have featured Euphoria’s music in commercials while Steve Jobs used the single “Sweet Rain” as the soundtrack for the 2002 MacWorld launch in addition to selecting the song “Delirium” as the backdrop for a keynotes address.
Ramm performed live at dublab’s 20th anniversary in 2019 and frequently serves as a guest host on the Los Angeles-based radio outlet’s shows, including “In His Own Words,” “Patrick Gleeson” and “Songs For Film And Television,” which can be found archived on the dublab website.