lake ruth Birds of America (LP, £11.95)
Following their critically acclaimed debut Actual Entity (2016), NYC's Lake Ruth release their second album. Mixed by Grammy-winning producer Geoff Sanoff, the LP is available in a limited vinyl edition of 500 from UK label Feral Child (Luna, Cheval Sombre, Pete Astor). "What makes Birds — even more than 2016’s Actual Entity — so enticing is the Chen specialty: it locates a landing where his command of post-punk, soft psych, frothy Creation / Flying Nun undertones and wanly melodic vocal can meet over espresso. Brightly solid and subtly magnificent." — The Big Takeover. "Explores all manner of ’60s baroque psychedelia, full of chiming guitars, harpsichord, a wide array of organs and synthesizers, and dips into krautrock and other studies...gorgeous and bewitching." — Brooklyn Vegan. "How the Allah-Las would most probably sound if they were to get in touch with their feminine side. Bullseyes are hit with effortless frequency and such heady quality, resulting in an aural creation of unerring beauty." — Shindig! Magazine. “Splices together lattices of salacious Histoire de Melody Nelson-style funk and Broadcast’s retro space-pop, over which Brice’s airy Sarah Cracknell-meets-Kate Bush tones glide with a calming confidence… insistent drums, fuzz-tone guitar and luxuriant keyboards imagine Stereolab cutting some rug in an almost baroque fashion." — Delusions of Adequacy. Lake Ruth was formed in 2015 by multi-instrumentalist Hewson Chen of The New Lines, drummer Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck, Enon, SAVAK) and vocalist Allison Brice, best known for her work with UK groups The Eighteenth Day of May and The Silver Abduction. Their expanded live line-up includes René Dennis (The New Lines), Sohrab Habibion (Obits, SAVAK) and David Mason (Listening Center). Over the past 18 months, they have played NYC Popfest, Rooftop Films, The Bowery Ballroom and other notable venues. Inspired by 1960's sonic experimentation, baroque psychedelia, library obscurities, vintage pop noir, Giallo soundtracks, kraut and jazz, Lake Ruth creates intriguing and unique music rich with multilayered instrumentation, propulsive rhythms and atmospheric vocals. Birds of America's striking front cover features a detail from Edinburgh artist Alan Mills, Jr's 2016 painting "The Birth of Socialism". Lyrically, the album explores themes of oppression and resistance, survival and escape. Its ten songs are populated by a collection of dispossessed characters, struggling to navigate the perilous landscape of a chaotic society at the nexus of destruction and rebirth.
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