Source of Pride by Roman Ruins

Cyan Haze On Milky White Colored Vinyl.  Source of Pride is the second full-length album by Roman Ruins (Graham Hill). The album continues his exploration into the distinctive yet evolving sound of his solo recording project. The songs on Source of Pride formed as Hill moved his family from Oakland to New Orleans, where he now lives and works as an architect and a father to 2 young children. Hill often worked late at night, which helped define the aural landscape that belies each track. As the songs began totake shape, Hill's wife remarked how "every time I'm pregnant, you're pregnant with an album." The lyrical themes on Source of Pride address the relationships, rituals, and revelations that constitute family. Hill has toured with both both Papercuts and Beach House since 2008, drumming and singing backing vocals for both bands.

Vinyl LP £14.49 GRR038LP

Cyan haze on milky white colored vinyl LP on Gold Robot.

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Source of Pride by Roman Ruins
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7/10 Mike 17 July 2014
Here's the second album from New Orleans architect-cum-songwriter Graham Hill, aka Roman Ruins, not to be confused with Damon Hill's dad. 'Source of Pride' is full of thoughtful and languid pop music full of soft synths and liquid guitar chimes and breathy wistful staring-into-the-middle-distance vocals. Think Washed Out doing the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie. If you're a milky white vinyl fan then I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the one I'm reviewing is in fact translucent with a blue "fog" in the middle like Death Waltz's 'The Fog' reissue had.   It's pretty decent stuff though, all the songs have a laid back, warmly plodding pace and the tones tend towards the gentle, soothing sounds of '80s soft pop. If I have a complaint it's that while all these songs are pleasant there's no obvious "hit" and the melodies are all quite subtle and not all that memorable (on first listen at least). To Hill's credit there aren't any serious misses here either, though. Consistently decent.


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