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The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion (2008)

The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion (2008)

Release Date: 4 Mar 2008 (UK/USA) / Jan 08 (NZ)
Label: Sub Pop

Let me start by gushing that this album is fucking magnificent!

Now that’s out of the way, we can regain composure!

If you thought that all that came from New Zealand were rugby players and kiwi fruits, you’d be wrong. There have in fact been some classic pop groups from that distant land down under! I’m thinking of The Chills (with the wonderful “Heavenly Pop Hit” etc) and The Mutton Birds etc. Of course too there were Split Enz and Crowded House in the more commercial pop arena!

This music is wonderfully ethereal pop. An absorbing mixture of great western influences combined with a heavy dollop of age old traditional Maori music (one of the tracks is actually sung entirely in Maori!) It reminds me a lot of Last Bastion favourites Beirut, and that’s no bad thing!

https://i2.wp.com/search.tvnz.co.nz/photogallery/images/gallery/entertainment/zorp_05.jpgSo who are these guys? Good question!

The Ruby Suns first formed in 2004 when Californian Ryan McPhun moved to Auckland and started playing in several bands such as The Brunettes and The Tokey Tones. Originally known as Ryan McPhun & the Ruby Suns, they reverted to The Ruby Suns some time in 2006.

The Ruby Suns released their debut album in 2005 and it did not garner the publicity it deserved. Nevertheless, the band persevered and in early 2007 the band embarked on their first European tour. In the latter half of 2007 the band toured with The Shins extensively throughout Australia.

The band released this, their second album, in January 2008 in New Zealand and worldwide in march 2008.

We really hope that this great album gets the acclaim it deserves!

Very soon, we want to hear The Ruby Suns being mentioned in the same breath as rugby players and kiwi fruits whenever New Zealand is spoken of!

I’m not alone here in my views on this great work! Really!! You don’t believe me? Take a gander at these reviews then!

Check here too:

Here’s the Mojo review

Mojo Magazine

The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion
2008 Lil’ Chief Records / Memphis Industries / Sub Pop

Title: n/a
Writer: Andrew Perry
Publication: Mojo Magazine
Date: March 2008

Strange things are happening… in New Zealand and beyond.

Brainchild of Ryan McPhun, a 24-year-old Californian ex-pat in Auckland, The Ruby Suns key into their (adopted) homeland’s indie psychedelic pop tradition, which seemed to peter out after Flying Nun heroes such as The Chills and The 3Ds bit the dust. If the trio’s 2005 debut was a little overly Beach Boys-focused, Sea Lion is its own beast. Here, McPhun introduces World stylings apparently absorbed while globetrotting: Oh, Mojave revamps the acoustic-rattling Tropicália of Os Mutantes’ A Minha Menina, while Tane Mahuta Afro-clashes Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s soul-elevating choral splendour with the Bhunda Boys’ ring-a-tingling guitars. Elsewhere, Ryan’s predilection for Wilsonesque harmonies, glockenspiel, etc, erupts into twinkly fairytale pop that’s bold and forward-looking in equal measure. This one’s a real brain-buster.

https://i1.wp.com/www.thewhitenoiserevisited.co.uk/images/gorilla.jpg

There’s no denying that much of New Zealand’s popular music is heavily indebted to whatever is currently pumping out over the American airwaves. What’s far more unusual, and a whole lot more interesting, is when the cross-pollination travels in the opposite direction. With its Polynesian rhythms, strong Pacific influences and an entire song sung in Maori, Sea Lion is destined to be the most authentically “New Zealand”-sounding album you’ll hear in 2008. However, the mastermind behind this incredible album, Ryan McPhun, didn’t grow up in Grey Lynn or Dunedin. McPhun is an expatriate Californian who travelled across the vast Pacific Ocean to New Zealand, and has assimilated the sounds he found here with his three-piece psych-pop combo, The Ruby Suns.

The image “https://i2.wp.com/a842.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/84/m_fd2b8875d1b3eb583f58b87ef3aa5251.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.McPhun was born and raised in the seaside town of Ventura, California, but his hunger for travel and new experiences eventually led him, via Africa and Southeast Asia, to his current home, Auckland. Having arrived in New Zealand, McPhun gathered some likeminded musicians and formed the band Ryan McPhun & The Ruby Suns in 2004. Never one to sit still, McPhun also played in various Auckland-based pop groups including The Tokey Tones, The Reduction Agents, The Nudie Suits and The Brunettes, with whom he toured the US with The Shins and Rilo Kiley in ’05. (McPhun also plays drums, percussion and background vocals on The Brunettes most recent Lil’ Chief album Structure & Cosmetics.) Initially featuring a revolving cast of local musicians, the band (now simply called The Ruby Suns) eventually coalesced to the core trio of McPhun, Amee Robinson and Imogen Taylor.

The Ruby Suns are a DIY cottage industry – the perfect example of how a band can function and thrive in a post-MySpace world. Ryan records and produces all of their music in his own home, and Amee meticulously crafts all of the band’s artwork. They have toured extensively throughout the US, the UK and Europe, and yet are still (happily) without a manager. Even a freak tour-van fire that destroyed all of their equipment and merchandise in 2006 didn’t stop them from continuing on with their self-organised and self-funded tour of the US.

The release of the band’s first album, The Ruby Suns, in 2005 went mostly unheralded in New Zealand, but, as Jesus himself said, “a prophet is not without honour, except in his own hometown”. In the UK, things were very different, and The Ruby Suns’ debut received numerous fine accolades from the notoriously fickle UK music press, being variously described as “sparkling multilayered sunshine pop” by Uncut and “astonishingly good” by Mojo, after being picked up and released by hip UK indie label Memphis Industries.

A successful UK tour with likeminded pop auteurs Field Music followed in the wake of the UK album release. Once again, disaster struck, and hard-drive failure laid waste to much of the material Ryan had been working on prior to leaving New Zealand. What had been painstakingly assembled over a protracted period was re-recorded in record time on their return, and within months a brand new album was finished. So successful were these sessions that the band elected to release a strictly limited edition EP, “Lichen Ears”, just to maintain momentum and justify a few more gigs around Auckland.

… Which brings us to Sea Lion, the second full-length Ruby Suns album, and the first Lil’ Chief Records release for 2008. With its title inspired by the sea lion colony visible from Highway 1, south of San Francisco, and recorded by McPhun alone in his Auckland basement, Sea Lion’s melodic musings found inspiration in the natural world and his travels within it. “Tane Mahuta,” sung entirely in Maori, is an ode to the great Waipoua forest in Northland and “Adventure Tour” tells a tale of a memorable drive through the South Island. An African influence also exerts a strong presence in the album. Not only was Ryan struck by the people (“Ole Rinka” is about a man he met in the Maasai Mara National Reserve), but he was also enamoured of the music, especially Kenyan traditional music and modern day hip-hop.

The depth and breadth of the Ruby Suns’ songs has, to no surprise, grown dramatically since their 2005 self-titled debut. The epic Sea Lion was intended to be a world music album, however reverb and psychedelic pop managed to creep back in, to create a unique mixture of exotic sounds, accomplished with an impressive array of instruments – from steel-string ukulele to djembe drums to pots and pans, all set upon a cosy cushion of synths and cassette samples. The Ruby Suns offer these words to describe their new album: “Pop music, noise, psychedelia, flamenco, South Pacific, southern Africa, home recording, hiking, travelling, animals, beaches, vegetarian food, especially falafel.”

Tracklisting

Blue Penguin
Oh, Mojave
Tane Mahuta
There Are Birds
It’s Mwangi in Front of Me
Remember
Ole Rinka
Adventure Tour
Kenya Dig It?
Morning Sun

Here be kiwi pop!

http://link-protector.com/440810/

or

http://link-protector.com/440428/

Thanks to the original posters


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March 26, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, The Ruby Suns, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion (2008)

The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion (2008)

Release Date: 4 Mar 2008 (UK/USA) / Jan 08 (NZ)
Label: Sub Pop

Let me start by gushing that this album is fucking magnificent!

Now that’s out of the way, we can regain composure!

If you thought that all that came from New Zealand were rugby players and kiwi fruits, you’d be wrong. There have in fact been some classic pop groups from that distant land down under! I’m thinking of The Chills (with the wonderful “Heavenly Pop Hit” etc) and The Mutton Birds etc. Of course too there were Split Enz and Crowded House in the more commercial pop arena!

This music is wonderfully ethereal pop. An absorbing mixture of great western influences combined with a heavy dollop of age old traditional Maori music (one of the tracks is actually sung entirely in Maori!) It reminds me a lot of Last Bastion favourites Beirut, and that’s no bad thing!

https://i2.wp.com/search.tvnz.co.nz/photogallery/images/gallery/entertainment/zorp_05.jpgSo who are these guys? Good question!

The Ruby Suns first formed in 2004 when Californian Ryan McPhun moved to Auckland and started playing in several bands such as The Brunettes and The Tokey Tones. Originally known as Ryan McPhun & the Ruby Suns, they reverted to The Ruby Suns some time in 2006.

The Ruby Suns released their debut album in 2005 and it did not garner the publicity it deserved. Nevertheless, the band persevered and in early 2007 the band embarked on their first European tour. In the latter half of 2007 the band toured with The Shins extensively throughout Australia.

The band released this, their second album, in January 2008 in New Zealand and worldwide in march 2008.

We really hope that this great album gets the acclaim it deserves!

Very soon, we want to hear The Ruby Suns being mentioned in the same breath as rugby players and kiwi fruits whenever New Zealand is spoken of!

I’m not alone here in my views on this great work! Really!! You don’t believe me? Take a gander at these reviews then!

Check here too:

Here’s the Mojo review

Mojo Magazine

The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion
2008 Lil’ Chief Records / Memphis Industries / Sub Pop

Title: n/a
Writer: Andrew Perry
Publication: Mojo Magazine
Date: March 2008

Strange things are happening… in New Zealand and beyond.

Brainchild of Ryan McPhun, a 24-year-old Californian ex-pat in Auckland, The Ruby Suns key into their (adopted) homeland’s indie psychedelic pop tradition, which seemed to peter out after Flying Nun heroes such as The Chills and The 3Ds bit the dust. If the trio’s 2005 debut was a little overly Beach Boys-focused, Sea Lion is its own beast. Here, McPhun introduces World stylings apparently absorbed while globetrotting: Oh, Mojave revamps the acoustic-rattling Tropicália of Os Mutantes’ A Minha Menina, while Tane Mahuta Afro-clashes Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s soul-elevating choral splendour with the Bhunda Boys’ ring-a-tingling guitars. Elsewhere, Ryan’s predilection for Wilsonesque harmonies, glockenspiel, etc, erupts into twinkly fairytale pop that’s bold and forward-looking in equal measure. This one’s a real brain-buster.

https://i1.wp.com/www.thewhitenoiserevisited.co.uk/images/gorilla.jpg

There’s no denying that much of New Zealand’s popular music is heavily indebted to whatever is currently pumping out over the American airwaves. What’s far more unusual, and a whole lot more interesting, is when the cross-pollination travels in the opposite direction. With its Polynesian rhythms, strong Pacific influences and an entire song sung in Maori, Sea Lion is destined to be the most authentically “New Zealand”-sounding album you’ll hear in 2008. However, the mastermind behind this incredible album, Ryan McPhun, didn’t grow up in Grey Lynn or Dunedin. McPhun is an expatriate Californian who travelled across the vast Pacific Ocean to New Zealand, and has assimilated the sounds he found here with his three-piece psych-pop combo, The Ruby Suns.

The image “https://i2.wp.com/a842.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/84/m_fd2b8875d1b3eb583f58b87ef3aa5251.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.McPhun was born and raised in the seaside town of Ventura, California, but his hunger for travel and new experiences eventually led him, via Africa and Southeast Asia, to his current home, Auckland. Having arrived in New Zealand, McPhun gathered some likeminded musicians and formed the band Ryan McPhun & The Ruby Suns in 2004. Never one to sit still, McPhun also played in various Auckland-based pop groups including The Tokey Tones, The Reduction Agents, The Nudie Suits and The Brunettes, with whom he toured the US with The Shins and Rilo Kiley in ’05. (McPhun also plays drums, percussion and background vocals on The Brunettes most recent Lil’ Chief album Structure & Cosmetics.) Initially featuring a revolving cast of local musicians, the band (now simply called The Ruby Suns) eventually coalesced to the core trio of McPhun, Amee Robinson and Imogen Taylor.

The Ruby Suns are a DIY cottage industry – the perfect example of how a band can function and thrive in a post-MySpace world. Ryan records and produces all of their music in his own home, and Amee meticulously crafts all of the band’s artwork. They have toured extensively throughout the US, the UK and Europe, and yet are still (happily) without a manager. Even a freak tour-van fire that destroyed all of their equipment and merchandise in 2006 didn’t stop them from continuing on with their self-organised and self-funded tour of the US.

The release of the band’s first album, The Ruby Suns, in 2005 went mostly unheralded in New Zealand, but, as Jesus himself said, “a prophet is not without honour, except in his own hometown”. In the UK, things were very different, and The Ruby Suns’ debut received numerous fine accolades from the notoriously fickle UK music press, being variously described as “sparkling multilayered sunshine pop” by Uncut and “astonishingly good” by Mojo, after being picked up and released by hip UK indie label Memphis Industries.

A successful UK tour with likeminded pop auteurs Field Music followed in the wake of the UK album release. Once again, disaster struck, and hard-drive failure laid waste to much of the material Ryan had been working on prior to leaving New Zealand. What had been painstakingly assembled over a protracted period was re-recorded in record time on their return, and within months a brand new album was finished. So successful were these sessions that the band elected to release a strictly limited edition EP, “Lichen Ears”, just to maintain momentum and justify a few more gigs around Auckland.

… Which brings us to Sea Lion, the second full-length Ruby Suns album, and the first Lil’ Chief Records release for 2008. With its title inspired by the sea lion colony visible from Highway 1, south of San Francisco, and recorded by McPhun alone in his Auckland basement, Sea Lion’s melodic musings found inspiration in the natural world and his travels within it. “Tane Mahuta,” sung entirely in Maori, is an ode to the great Waipoua forest in Northland and “Adventure Tour” tells a tale of a memorable drive through the South Island. An African influence also exerts a strong presence in the album. Not only was Ryan struck by the people (“Ole Rinka” is about a man he met in the Maasai Mara National Reserve), but he was also enamoured of the music, especially Kenyan traditional music and modern day hip-hop.

The depth and breadth of the Ruby Suns’ songs has, to no surprise, grown dramatically since their 2005 self-titled debut. The epic Sea Lion was intended to be a world music album, however reverb and psychedelic pop managed to creep back in, to create a unique mixture of exotic sounds, accomplished with an impressive array of instruments – from steel-string ukulele to djembe drums to pots and pans, all set upon a cosy cushion of synths and cassette samples. The Ruby Suns offer these words to describe their new album: “Pop music, noise, psychedelia, flamenco, South Pacific, southern Africa, home recording, hiking, travelling, animals, beaches, vegetarian food, especially falafel.”

Tracklisting

Blue Penguin
Oh, Mojave
Tane Mahuta
There Are Birds
It’s Mwangi in Front of Me
Remember
Ole Rinka
Adventure Tour
Kenya Dig It?
Morning Sun

Here be kiwi pop!

http://link-protector.com/440810/

or

http://link-protector.com/440428/

Thanks to the original posters


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March 26, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, The Ruby Suns, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion (2008)

The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion (2008)

Release Date: 4 Mar 2008 (UK/USA) / Jan 08 (NZ)
Label: Sub Pop

Let me start by gushing that this album is fucking magnificent!

Now that’s out of the way, we can regain composure!

If you thought that all that came from New Zealand were rugby players and kiwi fruits, you’d be wrong. There have in fact been some classic pop groups from that distant land down under! I’m thinking of The Chills (with the wonderful “Heavenly Pop Hit” etc) and The Mutton Birds etc. Of course too there were Split Enz and Crowded House in the more commercial pop arena!

This music is wonderfully ethereal pop. An absorbing mixture of great western influences combined with a heavy dollop of age old traditional Maori music (one of the tracks is actually sung entirely in Maori!) It reminds me a lot of Last Bastion favourites Beirut, and that’s no bad thing!

https://i2.wp.com/search.tvnz.co.nz/photogallery/images/gallery/entertainment/zorp_05.jpgSo who are these guys? Good question!

The Ruby Suns first formed in 2004 when Californian Ryan McPhun moved to Auckland and started playing in several bands such as The Brunettes and The Tokey Tones. Originally known as Ryan McPhun & the Ruby Suns, they reverted to The Ruby Suns some time in 2006.

The Ruby Suns released their debut album in 2005 and it did not garner the publicity it deserved. Nevertheless, the band persevered and in early 2007 the band embarked on their first European tour. In the latter half of 2007 the band toured with The Shins extensively throughout Australia.

The band released this, their second album, in January 2008 in New Zealand and worldwide in march 2008.

We really hope that this great album gets the acclaim it deserves!

Very soon, we want to hear The Ruby Suns being mentioned in the same breath as rugby players and kiwi fruits whenever New Zealand is spoken of!

I’m not alone here in my views on this great work! Really!! You don’t believe me? Take a gander at these reviews then!

Check here too:

Here’s the Mojo review

Mojo Magazine

The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion
2008 Lil’ Chief Records / Memphis Industries / Sub Pop

Title: n/a
Writer: Andrew Perry
Publication: Mojo Magazine
Date: March 2008

Strange things are happening… in New Zealand and beyond.

Brainchild of Ryan McPhun, a 24-year-old Californian ex-pat in Auckland, The Ruby Suns key into their (adopted) homeland’s indie psychedelic pop tradition, which seemed to peter out after Flying Nun heroes such as The Chills and The 3Ds bit the dust. If the trio’s 2005 debut was a little overly Beach Boys-focused, Sea Lion is its own beast. Here, McPhun introduces World stylings apparently absorbed while globetrotting: Oh, Mojave revamps the acoustic-rattling Tropicália of Os Mutantes’ A Minha Menina, while Tane Mahuta Afro-clashes Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s soul-elevating choral splendour with the Bhunda Boys’ ring-a-tingling guitars. Elsewhere, Ryan’s predilection for Wilsonesque harmonies, glockenspiel, etc, erupts into twinkly fairytale pop that’s bold and forward-looking in equal measure. This one’s a real brain-buster.

https://i1.wp.com/www.thewhitenoiserevisited.co.uk/images/gorilla.jpg

There’s no denying that much of New Zealand’s popular music is heavily indebted to whatever is currently pumping out over the American airwaves. What’s far more unusual, and a whole lot more interesting, is when the cross-pollination travels in the opposite direction. With its Polynesian rhythms, strong Pacific influences and an entire song sung in Maori, Sea Lion is destined to be the most authentically “New Zealand”-sounding album you’ll hear in 2008. However, the mastermind behind this incredible album, Ryan McPhun, didn’t grow up in Grey Lynn or Dunedin. McPhun is an expatriate Californian who travelled across the vast Pacific Ocean to New Zealand, and has assimilated the sounds he found here with his three-piece psych-pop combo, The Ruby Suns.

//a842.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/84/m_fd2b8875d1b3eb583f58b87ef3aa5251.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.McPhun was born and raised in the seaside town of Ventura, California, but his hunger for travel and new experiences eventually led him, via Africa and Southeast Asia, to his current home, Auckland. Having arrived in New Zealand, McPhun gathered some likeminded musicians and formed the band Ryan McPhun & The Ruby Suns in 2004. Never one to sit still, McPhun also played in various Auckland-based pop groups including The Tokey Tones, The Reduction Agents, The Nudie Suits and The Brunettes, with whom he toured the US with The Shins and Rilo Kiley in ’05. (McPhun also plays drums, percussion and background vocals on The Brunettes most recent Lil’ Chief album Structure & Cosmetics.) Initially featuring a revolving cast of local musicians, the band (now simply called The Ruby Suns) eventually coalesced to the core trio of McPhun, Amee Robinson and Imogen Taylor.

The Ruby Suns are a DIY cottage industry – the perfect example of how a band can function and thrive in a post-MySpace world. Ryan records and produces all of their music in his own home, and Amee meticulously crafts all of the band’s artwork. They have toured extensively throughout the US, the UK and Europe, and yet are still (happily) without a manager. Even a freak tour-van fire that destroyed all of their equipment and merchandise in 2006 didn’t stop them from continuing on with their self-organised and self-funded tour of the US.

The release of the band’s first album, The Ruby Suns, in 2005 went mostly unheralded in New Zealand, but, as Jesus himself said, “a prophet is not without honour, except in his own hometown”. In the UK, things were very different, and The Ruby Suns’ debut received numerous fine accolades from the notoriously fickle UK music press, being variously described as “sparkling multilayered sunshine pop” by Uncut and “astonishingly good” by Mojo, after being picked up and released by hip UK indie label Memphis Industries.

A successful UK tour with likeminded pop auteurs Field Music followed in the wake of the UK album release. Once again, disaster struck, and hard-drive failure laid waste to much of the material Ryan had been working on prior to leaving New Zealand. What had been painstakingly assembled over a protracted period was re-recorded in record time on their return, and within months a brand new album was finished. So successful were these sessions that the band elected to release a strictly limited edition EP, “Lichen Ears”, just to maintain momentum and justify a few more gigs around Auckland.

… Which brings us to Sea Lion, the second full-length Ruby Suns album, and the first Lil’ Chief Records release for 2008. With its title inspired by the sea lion colony visible from Highway 1, south of San Francisco, and recorded by McPhun alone in his Auckland basement, Sea Lion’s melodic musings found inspiration in the natural world and his travels within it. “Tane Mahuta,” sung entirely in Maori, is an ode to the great Waipoua forest in Northland and “Adventure Tour” tells a tale of a memorable drive through the South Island. An African influence also exerts a strong presence in the album. Not only was Ryan struck by the people (“Ole Rinka” is about a man he met in the Maasai Mara National Reserve), but he was also enamoured of the music, especially Kenyan traditional music and modern day hip-hop.

The depth and breadth of the Ruby Suns’ songs has, to no surprise, grown dramatically since their 2005 self-titled debut. The epic Sea Lion was intended to be a world music album, however reverb and psychedelic pop managed to creep back in, to create a unique mixture of exotic sounds, accomplished with an impressive array of instruments – from steel-string ukulele to djembe drums to pots and pans, all set upon a cosy cushion of synths and cassette samples. The Ruby Suns offer these words to describe their new album: “Pop music, noise, psychedelia, flamenco, South Pacific, southern Africa, home recording, hiking, travelling, animals, beaches, vegetarian food, especially falafel.”

Tracklisting

Blue Penguin
Oh, Mojave
Tane Mahuta
There Are Birds
It’s Mwangi in Front of Me
Remember
Ole Rinka
Adventure Tour
Kenya Dig It?
Morning Sun

Here be kiwi pop!

http://link-protector.com/440810/

or

http://link-protector.com/440428/

Thanks to the original posters


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March 26, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, The Ruby Suns, _MUSIC | Leave a comment