THE RUBY SUNS
In 2017, The Ruby Suns, the band-ish pseudonym of nomadic Californian-New Zealander Ryan McPhun, return after four years with a brilliant and ambitious new record Sprite Fountain.
It began in earnest upon moving to Oslo, Norway from Auckland in 2013's twilight with impending fatherhood tapping him on the shoulder.
A slowly ripening thing, it was made amidst child rearing and touring with NZ pals Lawrence Arabia and remixing, recording and touring with Norwegian acts like Snasen, Heyerdahl and Beezewax.
Though harmonious in macro, there is a mania within - a fitting analog to what is often the predicament of a new parent: constantly under-slept, delirious and confused yet somehow elated. Not to mention the matter of cultural isolation that comes with being an immigrant in a new country, and an antipodal one at that.
Like The Ruby Suns themself, the album is a treasure box of potent ideas, discrete and often discreet. The record and live performance makes for an experience that is blissful, psychedelic and always totally surprising, with each new listen revealing gleaming new attractions.