Ruby Haunt
Shipwreck/Moonlighting


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sunnyvale STAFF
June 17th, 2022 | 9 replies


Release Date: 06/09/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Short release, short review

Ruby Haunt are one of those bands that do one thing, very well. Since 2018’s Blue Hour, they’ve been exploring a very particular style through their steady release schedule of full-lengths and EPs. Each showcases a slightly different facet, sure, but it’s a case where it’s hard to fathom a listener enjoying one of their releases during this stretch and not another. Their style of synthy dream pop, tinged with slowcore and Americana, hits a spot that few other bands can. Shipwreck/Moonlighting is a little two-song release, with the tunes apparently written before the songs which comprised 2021’s full-length, Watching The Grass Grow. Both tracks certainly could’ve been placed on that album, in terms of quality and stylistic consistency, but they do also share a certain indelible thread which links them together well as a (very) small release. The tunes here provide the sense of nocturnal peaceful melancholy induced by songs like There Will Be Fireworks’ “Harmonium Song” or Yo La Tengo’s “Night Falls On Hoboken”. It’s probably clear to anyone who is familiar with Ruby Haunt that this release doesn’t actually sound like those referenced songs, but their atmospheric feel is very similar, at least to this reviewer. While only nine minutes and six seconds long in total, both of the numbers here are upper-echelon Ruby Haunt tracks, offering a brief escapist journey through music, if a moody one. While Shipwreck/Moonlighting is undoubtedly not built to change the minds of those unconvinced by Ruby Haunt’s recent material, it’s a short release which fans of the band shouldn’t miss.



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Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
June 17th 2022


3926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Figured I’d write up something tiny for this release as anyone who enjoyed Ruby Haunt’s album from last year should definitely check this.



A note: Sputnik doesn’t approve of singles in the database, and it’s completely unclear online if the band considers this release a single or an EP. However, their last two-song release (from 2021) is considered an EP on the band’s website, so going for it here.



JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
June 17th 2022


48653 Comments


is this confirmed as a standalone single or will it appear on a later alb?

ed. o nvm lol

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
June 17th 2022


3926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was the band's Facebook announcement:



"shipwreck / moonlighting is out now. we wrote these two songs right before our new album started to take shape and it felt like they belong in a world of their own. hope you enjoy. thank you for listening and keeping us inspired to share music"



-The "world of their own" makes me assume it's a standalone release.

YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2022


16579 Comments


good release, good review

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Koris
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2022


15350 Comments


concise release, solid review

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2022


3926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks fellas!

DungeonBoy
June 21st 2022


8976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never heard this band before but I really enjoyed this and your review Sunny! Thanks for bringing these guys to my attention

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Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2022


3926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers DungeonBoy! Since you liked this, I'd definitely recommend checking some of their other recent work, hard to imagine you wouldn't also dig albums like Watching The Grass Grow or Tiebreaker.

Icebloom
June 30th 2022


518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for reviewing Sunnyvale, would've missed this release otherwise. Two lovely songs!



Been really digging these guys a lot the last couple of months, especially Watching the Grass Grow. 'Shipwreck' sounds like a faster 'Pyro'.



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