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Sea Lion [Import]

The Ruby Suns Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (4 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0012IWHLE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Penguin
2. Oh, Mojave
3. Tane Mahuta
4. There Are Birds
5. It's Mwangi In Front Of Me
6. Remember
7. Ole Rinka
8. Adventure Tour
9. Kenya Dig It?
10. Morning Sun

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cut and paste psych pop 26 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
If you like all or some of the following artists you might like The Ruby Suns' Sea Lion: Caribou, Brian Wilson, Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Ariel Pink, The Go! Team, Avalanches, Deserter's Songs-era Mercury Rev, Yeasayer, El Guincho, Flaming Lips or Grizzly Bear. Made by a Californian (Ryan McPhun) relocated to New Zealand, The Ruby Suns marry sunny psych pop with world music influences and cut and paste mish-mashery.

Sea Lion is a heady brew that is by turns winsome and exotic in the mold of the Avalanches - all tropicalia, mariachi and tribal rhythms - and trippily volatile like Animal Collective. Both sonically intense and infectiously poppy, it's brimming over with field recordings and sun-drenched harmonies. Rather than seeming opportunistic, the pan-global found sound - often ear-boggling in its detail - is more than just special effects, but enhances an imaginative approach to songwriting. 'Kenya Dig It?' and 'Morning Sun', for instance, share the song-within-a-song dynamics of Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips and Grizzly Bear, adding a colourful splash of shoegaze for good measure. Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Person pitch meets salsa 21 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album is great fun. Woozy sounds. Beach Boy harmonies. It's a bit like a more mainstream version of Panda bear's Person Pitch.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the albums of 2008 so far.... 1 April 2008
By grill
Format:Audio CD
I really enjoyed this album, it was recommended to me by a friend and I found it improved with every listen, every time you do listen through the album (and it is one of those that you need to listen to in one piece to get the most out of it)you hear new things. The immediate influences I heard were The Flaming Lips and Brian Wilson. I have read reviews where they have been compared to Vampire weekend and labelled "afro-beat" but that is more just a nod to the different instruments used, this is classic pop songwriting.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album from up and coming psychedelic indie band. 10 Jun 2008
By Erik Norman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I downloaded this album in my recent venture to become more aware of this year's (2008) Pitchfork Music Festival (if you've never been... it's AMAZING). Along with Fleet Foxes, The Dodos, and A Hawk and a Hacksaw, this album was one of my favorite finds. This band makes psychadelic rock that is at times beautiful and haunting and at other times jubulent and fun.
The opening "Blue Penguin" is one of the quiet ones, based mostly on an eerie guitar melody with lots of twiddly psychedelic effects in the background. The next two songs, "Oh Mojave" and "Tane Mahuta" are very latin influenced and remind me quite a bit of the excellent Os Mutantes. These songs are a lot of fun and I feel would go over very well at a party. You can't help but dance to them. The next two songs return to the quiet ambient side of things. I find these two songs to be the low point of the album.
However, the next song "Remember" is stunningly beautiful. Amazing melodies and beautiful arrangement and textures. The horn part in the middle is particularly nice. This song is certainly a highlight. The album really picks up with this song and the next three songs are all top notch especially "Kenya Dig It?". This song just rocks. It has such a great drum beat.
The last song on the album, "Morning Sun" is one of the weirdest. The first half is dreamy and ambient, and then all of a sudden it switches to this trancy electro-pop feel, very remenicent of recent Of Montreal. Certainly an odd song especially given that nothing else is vaguely remenicent of that feel on anywhere else on the album.
Overall, this is a great album. I will say one of my main criticisms is the running order of the album. I think they could have resequenced the tracks so that two songs with a similar feel weren't back to back. The two Latin tracks (which I might add are the only two songs that have that style) are back to back, but nothing else on the album sounds like that. This is just a small complaint. If fun and dreamy psychedelic pop is your thing, you'd be doing yourself a solid by checking out this album.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Esoteric experimental pop from the Ruby Suns 5 Mar 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I did my first listen-through of the second album by New Zealand band the Ruby Suns, I thought I was listening to a remixed version of the soundtrack from an old world travelogue film. World music influences permeate the album, which is largely experimental pop along the lines of Animal Collective or Panda Bear, though from song to song, the music on Sea Lion can seem the work of multiple bands instead of just one. Despite its esoteric, often restless seeming wanderings, Sea Lion remains refreshingly unpretentious, the sound of a band not showing off, but simply expressing the love of music they have arrived at and the joy of playing it. The whole album is good, but here are some standout cuts: "Oh, Mojave," "Tane Mahuta," "Adventure Tour" and "Kenya Dig It?"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Indie Pop/World Album 6 April 2008
By Huckleberry69 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an incredible album for any fan of purely blissful indie pop at its best. If you like The Olivia Tremor Control, The Apples in Stereo, Beulah (or any of the Elephant 6 Collective for that matter) then this album was made for you. Effusive, psychedelic, and fun. Highly recommended for fans of this genre.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Funky! 28 April 2010
By J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Who would have thought that Flamenco riffs could be so fun and funky? South of the Border reinterpreted though a soft focus filter, by way of New Zealand!
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars there's not a hook on this album anywhere 29 Sep 2008
By Brad Root - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard a 30 second clip of one of the songs off this album and liked it so much I purchased it. This is not an album where 30 seconds gives you a good 'idea' of what the album is about.

There are no 'songs' on this record. It's just meandering kinda tranquil and almost entirely useless noodling. There's no hook to any of the songs, no great songwriting. Maybe this album would sound good in an elevator? Or if you want to listen to something that doesn't even try to grab your attention in the least.

Not a good album, a little sorry I purchased it. If you're looking for what I describe here, then, great! I'm glad. If you're looking for music, songs that you want to tap your feet to, songs with lyrics that are memorable, then this isn't for you at all. I expect music to grab me, and even wimpy meandering noodling can grab me, but this doesn't even try, not one bit.
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