New Zealander Ryan McPhun returns to the studio as The Ruby Suns for his third record entitled Fight Softly, a light and interesting album with an upbeat sound. Some may complain that McPhun’s newest release lacks a clear cohesiveness, a potentially valid point, but it should also be taken into account that part of what makes this CD so nice to listen to is how it can surprise you and jump around. The Suns’ indie-synth sound is peppered with Afro-Carribean beats that help give the album its generally pleasant and light sound. McPhun’s gentle voice over the repetitious synth generally works well, although the lyrics are often hard to decipher. Overall a solid junior effort from the New Zealander that is perfect for a relaxed atmosphere and possibly something to cheer you up on a rainy day.
Song Picks: “Two Humans,” “Closet Astrologer”
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