The Ruby Suns – “Kingfisher Call Me”

By Michael Nelson / October 29, 2012 - 11:38 am

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.