Sea Lion by The Ruby Suns
A PERFECT POP COCKTAIL OF PSYCHEDELIA, TROPICALIA, PACIFIC AND AFRICAN SOUNDS
Sea Lion is the second full-length Ruby Suns album, and the first Lil’ Chief Records release for 2008. With its title inspired by the sea lion colony visible from Highway 1, south of San Francisco, and recorded by McPhun alone in his Auckland basement, Sea Lion’s melodic musings found inspiration in the natural world and his travels within it. “Tane Mahuta,” sung entirely in M?ori, is an ode to the great Waipoua forest in Northland and “Adventure Tour” tells a tale of a memorable drive through the South Island. An African influence also exerts a strong presence in the album. Not only was Ryan struck by the people (“Ole Rinka” is about a man he met in the Maasai Mara National Reserve), but he was also enamoured of the music, especially Kenyan traditional music and modern day hip-hop.
The depth and breadth of the Ruby Suns’ songs has, to no surprise, grown dramatically since their 2005 self-titled debut. The epic Sea Lion was intended to be a world music album, however reverb and psychedelic pop managed to creep back in, to create a unique mixture of exotic sounds, accomplished with an impressive array of instruments - from steel-string ukulele to djembe drums to pots and pans, all set upon a cosy cushion of synths and cassette samples.
Released by Lil’ Chief Records on January 21, 2008