A trio from New Zealand, The Ruby Suns sound much larger than their lineup. The band's latest release, Sea Lion is a rich tapestry of multi-layered, psychedelic pop textures. It's a playful and infectious experiment in sound with offbeat samples and drones that persist between tracks.
"Kenya Dig It?" begins with a beat left behind by the previous track. Sunny synths and muted drumbeats dance with trumpets and flutes. But the most memorable feature of the song is the use of smaller found sounds in the background that evoke whimsy.
Originally from California, The Ruby Suns' brainchild Ryan McPhun orchestrated most of the songs between 2005 and 2007. Even though The Ruby Suns record as a trio, additional musicians are added to live shows to recreate the atmospheric and intricate songs built in the studio.
The Ruby Suns are currently signed to Sub Pop records and will be touring with junior label mates, Le Loup in March and April.