Trials + Tribulations

February 9, 2010, 10:57 am
Filed under: Music | Tags: , , , ,

So like, I was pretty bummed by Contra, Vampire Weekend’s new album. I was expecting more of the same afro-pop tunes about privlege, but got a bunch of songs about who cares what blah blah blah.

Then I got a hold of the Ruby Suns‘ new album, their first for Sub Pop, Fight Softly. The cover art called to me, beckoning me to listen. I’d heard their album Sea Lion and heard mention of their afro-pop inspirations, but heard none that really drew me in.

Then I put on Fight Softly and all that changed. If you’re looking for afro-pop with English lyrics (sorry, The Very Best) give this a try. It’s sort of chillwave also. You could put it on after some Neon Indian or Washed Out and it would transition beautifully. This tune totally made my morning.

♫ The Ruby Suns – Cranberry

Speaking of chillwave, the Ruby Suns will be hitting the US this spring with Toro y Moi in tow. Check them out!

3/12 Santa Barbara, CA Muddy Waters *
3/13 La Jolla, CA UCSD – The Loft *
3/14 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room *
3/15 Tucson, AZ Plush *#%
3/17 – 3/20 Austin, TX SXSW
3/22 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn *
3/23 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 *
3/24 Washington, DC Black Cat *
3/25 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie *
3/26 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl *
3/27 Cambridge, MA Middle East *
3/28 Winooski, VT The Monkey House *
3/29 Montreal, QC Il Motore *
3/30 Toronto, ONT The Drake Hotel *
3/31 Chicago, IL Schubas *
4/02 St. Paul, MN Turf Club *
4/03 Lawrence, KS Jackpot Saloon *
4/05 Denver, CO Hi Dive *
4/06 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court *
4/07 Nampa, ID Flying M Coffee *
4/08 Seattle, WA Chop Suey *
4/09 Vancouver, BC Biltmore *
4/10 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios *
4/12 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill *
4/13 San Luis Obispo, CA SLO Arts Center *
4/14 Los Angeles, CA The Echo *

* w/ Toro y Moi

Fight Softly is out March 2 on Sub Pop.

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