The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion

March 5, 2008

When I did my first listen-through of the second album by New Zealand band the Ruby Suns, I thought I was listening to a remixed version of the soundtrack from an old world travelogue film. World music influences permeate the album, which is largely experimental pop along the lines of Animal Collective or Panda Bear, though from song to song, the music on Sea Lion can seem the work of multiple bands instead of just one. Despite its esoteric, often restless seeming wanderings, Sea Lion remains refreshingly unpretentious, the sound of a band not showing off, but simply expressing the love of music they have arrived at and the joy of playing it. The whole album is good, but here are some standout cuts: “Oh, Mojave,” “Tane Mahuta,” “Adventure Tour” and “Kenya Dig It?”


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