Album: The Ruby Suns, Sea Lion (Memphis Industries)
Friday 22 February 2008
On their self-titled 2006 debut, New Zealand's Ruby Suns combined a serious Brian Wilson fixation with the African memories of their well-travelled expatriate Californian leader Ryan McPhun to create a kind of antipodean indie-prog-rock.
On this, McPhun continues to draw on his African experiences – with songs about Kenyan friends, "Ole Rinka" and "It's Mwangi In Front of Me", and another Wilsonian wedding-cake production for "Kenya Dig It?" – while weaving in strains of Polynesian folk music.
"Oh, Mojave" hymns the Californian desert with South Seas ukulele and silky harmonies over a tricky handclap beat, while "Tane Mahuta" pays tribute to New Zealand's oldest tree via a Polynesian choral reverie streaked with swooning trombone over an engaging staccato groove.
With the sleigh bells, droning organ, toytown horns and soaring counterpoint harmonies of "Remember", and the shimmering haze of birdsong and marimba of "Morning Sun", Sea Lion explores musical regions as varied and remote as McPhun's travels, and just as fascinating.
Download this: 'Remember', 'Morning Sun', 'Oh, Mojave', 'Kenya Dig It?'
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 2 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories