Rubblebucket: Survival Sounds
With its horn blasts, handclaps, echoing synths and powerful beats, and Kalmia Traverâ€™s unique and breezy vocals, Survival Sounds is re-energizing throughout. This is an album of triumph, joy, rising aboveâ€”and surviving. After Traver was diagnosed with cancer last summer, Rubblebucket banded together to make this fittingly titled and much-anticipated art-rock record on Communion. John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, David Byrne) produced the LP and the group recorded it at Mission Sound Recording in Brooklyn, N.Y. These 14 hard-hitting, playful and uplifting tracks show a great deal of creativity and scopeâ€”the sounds are visceral and ethereal at the same time (â€śSound Of Erasing,â€ť â€śYoung And Oldâ€ť). Itâ€™s dance-floor ready (â€śRewindâ€ť) and suited for just bopping around town in the sunshine, too (â€śShake Me Aroundâ€ť)â€”and after listening to Survival Sounds, youâ€™ll likely find it hard to sit still or to wipe the smile off your face. Itâ€™s hook-laden, bass-heavy, synth-driven, reggae-tinged and poppy in all the right placesâ€”an anthemic summer workout full of build-ups and breakdowns.