Drawing from krautrock, dream pop and uh.. socialism, Lake Ruth write energetic songs with warmth and heart. Their new album, Birds of America, is dense with atmosphere, all brought together with Allison Brice's ethereal vocals and Matt Schulz's (of Holy Fuck) propulsive drumming. Limited to 500 copies.
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I remember Lake Ruth from last time when I awarded their record 8 out of ten and mentioned Broadcast a lot then spoke to someone that said they'd heard that Norman's had been sniffy about the record. 8! Well fast forward a few years and the exact same thing is going to happen.
It's not that Lake Ruth particularly sound like Broadcast musically, they are more on a psych edge with some lively drumming and a pleasant blend of guitars and synths interplaying as if they were born to combine but it's Allison Brice's voice that is a dead ringer for Trish Keenan both in its timbre, but also in the melodies it comes up with, which are often spun from the wandering psych inflections and clipped delivery that carry Broadcast's music. When they add this ability to replicate to splendid songs such as 'The Cross of Lorraine' then they create music that excites. This track in particular is rather brilliant having something of MBV in it's off kilter melodies. My other favourite track is closer 'Westway' which has some marvellously Byrdsy guitars which add a different dynamic to their music and creates something from an alternate sound source than the krauty future synth found elsewhere on the record.
Still, this is an excellent release which will appeal to many of our customers. I'm warning you now in print to buy it right now as these are the last copies we'll get.
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