Just an irrational feeling

There's a large, out-of-focus rock band roaming the countryside
A couple of years ago, I decided to cover my old nylon string guitar in stickers. Among the free stickers I managed to pick up at record stores and concerts was one promoting the New Zealand electropop outfit the Ruby Suns. Even though I hadn’t heard the band at the time, its bright yellow and red font made it the most eye-catching sticker on the guitar.

Given that my guitar advertises their name so prominently, it’s lucky that the Ruby Suns actually write good music. Their latest single is called “Cranberry,” a synth-drenched tropical jam that sounds a bit like Animal Collective mashing up Paul Simon and Dirty Projectors‘ “Stillness is the Move.” Below is the radio edit (people still listen to the radio?); you’ll be able to hear the full version on the album Fight Softly, due March 2 via Sub Pop.

I reviewed the Ruby Suns for Guttersnipe when they opened up for the Dodos in the fall. At the time, I claimed, “don’t be surprised if the group’s upcoming album (due out early next year) earns them a bigger following on this side of the Pacific.”

MP3: “Cranberry (Radio Edit)”
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