January 12, 2010

The Ruby Suns - "Cranberry"

Sea Lion, the 2007 album from New Zealand's Ruby Suns, was a richly textured tapestry of organic sounds that produced irresistible and original gems like "Tane Mahuta" and "Kenya Dig It?" Fight Softly, the band's follow-up set for release on March 2nd, sounds little like it. The layers of clanking percussion and riffing acoustic guitars are predominantly replaced with swirling synthesizers and drum loops. Surprisingly though, the hypnotic quality of Ryan McPhun's music still lies intact. Quite a feat considering the drastic change of landscape.

The Ruby Suns - "Cranberry" (from Fight Softly)
The Ruby Suns - "Tane Mahuta" (from Sea Lion)
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