Spookey Ruben – “Knife In The Water” (Stereogum Premiere)

Spookey Ruben is a Canadian art-rocker who blends eccentric pop orchestration with endearing lo-fi production. With a career spanning seven full-length studio albums and an undeniable influence on indie mainstays like Ariel Pink, Toro Y Moi, and Dirty Beaches, Ruben may not be a household name, but his footprint is substantial. This week marks the 20th anniversary of his wonderful debut LP, Modes Of Transportation, Vol. 1 , and a deluxe, re-mastered re-issue of the album featuring bonus tracks, remixes, and unreleased material will be out on 12/15. To celebrate the timeless album, we’re premiering a new Spookey Ruben song, “Knife In The Water,” a never-before-heard bonus track recorded way back in 1996. “Knife In The Water” is Ruben at its finest, featuring spastically catchy verses surrounded by a shimmering wall of quirky guitars and funky bass. There’s also talk of a new Spookey Ruben LP to be released next spring, reportedly featuring collaborations with Esthero and Geneva Jacuzzi. Listen to the new track below.

Modes of Transportation Vol. 1 Re-Mastered 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be out 12/15.