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- Far From Paradise by Ruth (featuring Mushy)
9/10 Brian Staff review, 01 November 2012
I tried hard to review this last night but I was dog-tired and opted for an evening in bed watching Breaking Bad like just about the entire population has spent the last year doing. The reason I wanted to give it my full attention is because I thought their astonishing 1985 private press classic ‘Polaroid/Roman/Photo’ album was beamed down from another planet it was so intoxicating, erotically charged and addictive.
This album doesn’t feature the eponymous Ruth the ensemble’s name was dedicated to but does feature their main artistic protagonist Thierry Muller who has revived the name as he felt his recent dabblings with (frankly gorgeous) Italian electro musician Mushy were worthy of being included under the same banner. There’s no floor-slaying anthem such as ‘Polaroid’ here but there is lots of moody, cinematic European electronic music with a sultry exotic feel and I can hear that certain arcane technologies have been deployed again to give the project that slinky, moody “Ruth” sound. In short it is excellent and my curiosity is at its full extent.I don’t quite know how to continue reviewing this as there’s a hell of a lot of layers, dimensions and such plus it is rather dynamic, very esoteric and strange music that has its bare roots in electro ”pop”, but much like their previous album, there’s so much more weirdness, effortless classicism and dark experimentation going off that I’d cringe if I were to make any rapid judgements or off-the-cuff remarks about it. This record deserves repeated listens and on my fourth trip out with it I feel like I am only just beginning to scratch the surface of the brilliance of ‘Far From Paradise’.
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