Ruby Haunt
Cures For Opposites


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jesper L. STAFF
November 18th, 2022 | 18 replies


Release Date: 11/17/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: eternally expected excellence

- A collaborative review by Sunnyvale & JesperL -

It's nine in the morning on a November Thursday. Somewhere in Amsterdam a 20-something walks through the city’s dreary autumn streets while pressing play on Cures For Opposites for the first time. As Ruby Haunt's new album unfolds, he pretentiously thinks to himself: "life really is more beautiful with this music in it". A whole six hours later, it’s nine in the morning on a November Thursday once again, this time across an ocean in Boston. A slightly older (shhh…) dude sits on his couch listening to the same album for the first time. The same pretentious thought crosses his mind.

Besides connecting their small but loyal fanbase across the globe by means of beautiful music, dream pop’s hardest working duo still know how to open a record unlike anyone else. ‘Glider’ encompasses everything Ruby Haunt does best: gently meandering guitars underscore an equally soothing synth melody while Wyatt Innins’ vocals guide the song in and out of sonic consciousness. Most importantly, it provides an excellent introduction for the band’s seventh full length in as many years (not counting a plethora of EPs and standalone singles).

Cures For Opposites might be a short LP (clocking in at 29 minutes), but its seven-song tracklist is diverse, at least by the standards of a group which gets by via an (admittedly brilliant) reliable formula. For example, large swaths of “Laughing Heart” see Ruby Haunt lean into the shroud of a warm and near-ambient haze, while “Pocketknife” demonstrates a rare sense of vigor with its driving beat. These slight twists and turns are subtle, but highly rewarding in their very nuance. At surface level, the record is a wonderfully relaxing piece of music suited for cold streets and warm couches alike. For those willing to dig a little deeper, there are plenty of textures and melodies which reveal and illuminate themselves with each subsequent listen. A perfect example is the sparkly “Diving Bell”, which might just be one of the most explicitly upbeat Ruby Haunt tracks to date, yet a sense of longing and despair hides beneath its lush synths.

It’s this somewhat deceptive complexity that sets Ruby Haunt apart from their (much less productive, mind you) peers. Moreover, it reaffirms the sense that the band are persistently on the cusp of a magnum opus: a record so brilliant the duo might need to start releasing music on Fridays instead of Thursdays. As excellent as Cures For Opposites may be, this is not that album. If this isn’t necessarily a step up for the band, though, it definitely doesn’t represent a step back either: if anything, it establishes Ruby Haunt’s entire discography as a magnum opus of sorts. If you are unfamiliar with their music, you can truly start anywhere: the band can still do no wrong. Cures For Opposites is simply a wonderful new chapter for the highly talented introverts, and we suggest that you enjoy it.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2022


4859 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love ruby love sunny love sput

goodnight

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2022


4444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I echo those sentiments (replace "sunny" with "jesper" though).



The Ruby Haunt fan club strikes again.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2022


52200 Comments


oh hey it's this band have they made that album again

YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
November 18th 2022


17488 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ruby haunt more like ruby nut

Sowing
Moderator
November 19th 2022


42638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is underrated and crazy consistent. Blue Hour and Watching the Grass Grow were excellent, and I'm a few tracks in thinking this one might be their best.



Loved the review, too.

TheTripP
November 19th 2022


4257 Comments


here as a reminder to give this a proper listen

YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2022


17488 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glider is for sure one of my fav songs of the last few months

Icebloom
November 19th 2022


571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ooh ooh new Ruby Haunt album nice!! Gonna give it a spin right now. Fell in love with their sound earlier this year, especially Watching the Grass Grow and Blue Hour, so my expectations are high (:

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2022


4859 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sowing can i get you to jam tiebreaker this year bc it's their best for me (by a small margin but still!!)

Icebloom
November 20th 2022


571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is lovely, as (eternally) expected. Laughing Heart is an early favourite. Nice review too guys! Cool to see a relatively unknown band get regular attention here.

Storm In A Teacup
November 21st 2022


41604 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well. This clicks.

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2022


11936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i vibe with how chill the soundscape is

Rawmeeth38
November 21st 2022


2354 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not a bad track here

SublimeSound
November 21st 2022


93 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is beautiful. Restrained, delicate, deliberate. Excellent just-on-the-cusp-of-winter music. Thanks for brining this to my attention.

Storm In A Teacup
November 21st 2022


41604 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, I concur; excellent work, Jesper.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2022


29188 Comments


Pls don't review more good albums, i need to close this list I'm working on...

Slex
November 29th 2022


15233 Comments


Phewwwwww the opener is SO PRETTY

SteakByrnes
December 1st 2022


28220 Comments


Poopy Taunt lmao!



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