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.