Ruby Jubilee's self-titled album Ruby Jubilee is a mad science experiment with classical instruments that I would deem a legitimate success. One part psych rock, two parts indie rock and another part other-worldly elements, I like what Ruby Jubilee has to say with this album. The music is produced by the duo Tareq Abuissa and S.H20. These two studied as music majors at Columbia and are now making a splash in Brooklyn's music scene. It takes a serious pair of trouser melons to plant your flag in a thick music scene like Brooklyn. However these two are miles above the noise in my personal opinion. They bring diversity, surprises and genuine beauty with their music and I am head over heels for it.
The organic instruments are a big sell for these two. You'll hear things such as bass clarinet, cello, trumpet, trombone and piano. These instrumental elements aren't used in a gimmicky sort of manner. They are woven into the dichotomous fabric of the aesthetic. Layered on top of these classic sounds are electronic elements that are unabashedly modern. There is also the hyper modern take on the vocals which are beautiful and often treated more mechanically than anything else on the album.
The choices in how everything was assembled seems to almost be the bigger statement than the lyrics themselves which are often vague and whimsical. Sometimes the vocals go a more classic route which takes place more often later in the album. Abuissa is a lovely vocal talent that shines through any treatment given to his voice. We are also treated to gorgeous vocals from Diana Flanagan on one of the songs and it was pure magic.
The production is its own instrument on this album. S.H20 was the producer and responsible for the mastering and that could not have been an easy task. The album is ten tracks and jam packed with finely stacked layers that require a fine tooth comb to be properly brought to the surface. Not to mention the genre hopping between, indie, psych, acid jazz and even little bit of shoegaze. Sometimes it felt like all of that got packed into one song. I also feel compelled to commend Oliver Ignatius who wielded Pro Tools like a true pro to provide the mixing from Holy Fang Studios in Brooklyn.
I'd say Ruby Jubilee should be feeling good and sitting pretty with their debut album. The replay value on these songs for me is endless. There is always something new to uncover and interpret. Indie rock fans, psych fans, anyone who pines for something off the beaten path of the indie scene should find their way to listening to this album immediately. I know it would be a bit of a kerfuffle to get everyone on stage for a live performance but I would buy my ticket to New York right now if I knew I would have the chance to see this all live.
My conclusion on this album is it's fabulous and should be bought without any hesitation. Ruby Jubilee is one of those bands that needs to charge ahead, please, keep making music.
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