It’s been 3 years since the release of Fake Control, the debut studio album for Rubylux, Brighton’s spritely four-piece pop/rock outfit. The album cast out a few memorable singles, notably the records lead track, The Boy Could Fly and the album quickly became one of RenownedForSound.com’s favorite releases of 2010. Its soft ballads, paired with some momentous, edgy, guitar driven gems, were just what was needed within what turned out to be a rather unsatisfying year in music.
The band, which consists of front man and lead guitarist Rob Irving, bass maestro Clark Coslett-Hughes, keyboard player Adam Harris and drummer Mike Hall, quickly found their way from their regular street busking gigs around their Brighton hometown to venues around the world, performing to what has since become a massive fan following.
Since the release of their debut, Rubylux have sealed a contract deal with a major label and are now preparing for the release of their sophomore effort, The World Goes Quiet, which is unveiled next week.
So far we have been teased with the couple of nice track including the albums lead single, also called The World Goes Quiet, a mid-tempo nugget containing all that is good and musically great about this Brighton-based foursome. In the lead up we had our fingers firmly crossed that the rest of the track-listing that was to make up this sophomore release had just as much of a kick as the lead single. Thankfully these boys have not let us down.
The World Goes Quiet is made up of 12 brand new Rubylux penned tracks all holding their own within the band’s first major label release. The lead single is the highlight here with its unintimidating, radio-friendly coating and enjoyable rhythm which offers a fantastic hook-heavy chorus and is the perfect sing-along hit for the lads to crack open the lid on the new collection.
The following Black Sun Needs Sparks sounds reminiscent of early Keane material and incorporates a much more matured and evolved sound for Rubylux, a sound that was touched on lightly within the band’s debut but is now out in full force here on this track. The numbers complimentary string section and an eerie melody sit well within this atmospheric gem while front man Rob Irvings vocals are on top form as he belts out the tracks engaging chorus, pouring his impressive vocal range over the bands seemingly effortless musical unfurling.
Touching on the acoustic singer-songwriter genre is I Don’t Want Paradise and one of the albums finest moments, Lovers Of New York. While the former’s playful guitar work gets our toes tapping to the songs danceable melody, it’s the latter’s engaging, country-tinged acoustic sweetness that works its way into our hearts almost instantaneously. Its stripped back approach is perfect for this track as it reveals some of the albums most sentimental lyrics like “maybe I’ll just turn up out the blue. I know the man with nothing left to lose. Cause even though we’ll both move on, it’s no surprise to anyone, I’ll never find another you”.
As we get further into the collection a solo violin opens up Sound of Light, another notable within the new collection. While the opening of the number suggests a ballad is on its way, the momentum increases throughout the track revealing a catchy, mid-tempo hit on the bands hands and one that evolves into a mainstream dressed album addition with its beautifully orchestrated string arrangement.
The World Goes Quiet is a spectacular return for Brighton’s most promising musical unit. Dressed in a more mature and commercial sound than the band’s debut, it is evident that Rubylux are on the verge of a much deserved mainstream breakthrough.
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