Sea Lion

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The Ruby Suns
Sea Lion

[ Lil' Chief Records New Zealand / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 21 January 2008

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'Sea Lion' bursts with summery pop tunes and exotic sounds, with a dizzying breadth of musical styles from African and Polynesia folk music to 80s synth pop.

"…sparkling multi-layered sunshine pop…"
- Uncut

"…pure distilled sunshine…"
- Grant Smithies

Possibly known to mainstream NZ audiences for their bus catching fire and losing all their gear on a tour of the US a couple of years ago, The Ruby Suns have been making an impact overseas for some time. After tours in the US, UK, NZ and Aus variously with The Shins, Animal Collective and Field Music, they've now signed to Sub Pop.

The Ruby Suns are 24-year-old lead singer / songwriter and Californian expat Ryan McPhun, plus NZ natives Amee Robinson and Imogen Taylor. They released their self-titled debut in '05 and followed it with the strictly limited edition Lichen Ears EP late in '07.

Now, they present their second full-length album: 'Sea Lion' bursts with summery pop tunes and exotic sounds, with a dizzying breadth of musical styles from African and Polynesia folk music to 80s synth pop.

While the first album's musical hat was firmly tilted towards The Beach Boys, 'Sea Lion' goes walkabout with a rucksack full of ideas, revealing a joy for the natural world that'd put Attenborough to shame.

Tracks:

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