Ruby Suns - Christopher

Before recording the Ruby Suns’ fourth album, Christopher, the band’s primary member, Ryan McPhun, split up with his longtime girlfriend and bandmate, and relocated from New Zealand to Oslo, Norway — two life changes that presumably had an effect on the Ruby Suns’ sound. However, perhaps the biggest change here was the addition of engineer Chris Coady, best known for his work with Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance, and Beach House, who mixed Christopher over two weeks in NYC. (It should be noted, though, that the Christopher in the title is not a reference to Coady, but is “a metaphor: He’s that awkward, anxious, hormonal menace you used to be when you were young and foolish and eager for everything.”) The first song released from the new album, “Kingfisher Call Me,” bears Coady’s stamp; its glossy, shimmering, baroque sheen brings to mind Grizzly Bear much more so than anything on the Ruby Suns’ breakout sophomore LP, 2008′s island-flavored Sea Lion. Listen to and download the song below.

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Comments (5)
  1. I love this band!! Great news!

  2. Fight Softly is such an underrated gem of an album. Great group! Excited!

  3. Loving this track…

  4. Anyone who digs this song should check out their last album, “Fight Softly.” Definitely an overlooked record by most publications because it was ‘too close’ to the sound of Merriweather Post Pavillion, but even looking beyond the production (which is fantastic) their songs are incredible.

    • I agree with both posts mentioning Fight Songs as underrated. It’s not much like Sea Lion (which is also a superior album IMO), but it is really excellent and I think a lot of people slept on it.

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