I listen to a lot of music, and whilst this is clearly fun, inspirational, and a great way to waste a lot of time, there’s usually a challenge for me in that. Not to decide if I like the music or not, that’s always pretty binary, and (like you, I suspect) you know what you like and what you don’t.
No, the challenge is often how to categorise the music. Is it Metal? Is it metalcore? Is it Death Metal, or Thrash Metal, or some other obscure variant of any number of similar styles? It ain’t just metal either – you get the same variants in soul, dance, hip-hop, rock, pop, and jazz. It’s a conumndrum.
Not so with Dancing With Ruby.
It’s pure electronica. Clearly. There’s really no ambiguity when it comes to Dancing With Ruby.
The duo of Matt Culpin on keyboards, allied to the ethereal voice of Charlie Sanderson, deliver an almost unique experience. Charlie’s vocals have a breathy, child-like quality that draw you into what always feels like an emotional voyage through each song.
The tracks themselves have well-crafted, rhythmic melodies that showcase Matt’s excellent musicianship.
Favourite tracks? I love the way the opening track, Spiders, establishes a focus on Charlie’s voice with a metronomic intro that slowly builds layer on layer. Creature is a more eclectic, but no less rhythmic track, and brings in an 80s Yazoo / early Depeche Mode feel that continues with the final song, Dance Move Feel, which is very much the poppiest of the ten tracks.
Verdict: Dancing With Ruby are well worth a listen. Thing is, you find yourself then taking a second trip. Then a third. Sure, it won’t appeal to most metal-heads, but to everyone else, it’s a journey you really sought to make.
Find out more about the duo at https://www.facebook.com/dancingwithruby