MP3 of the Day #142: The Ruby Suns

By on Thursday, 28th January 2010 at 10:00 am

The Ruby Suns are a band from Auckland, New Zealand. This is not debatable. What is debatable: how to class their sound. Is it tribal? Is it dance? Is it throwback? Drawing from influences from one extreme as 60’s psychedelia to another in Polynesian folk, eclectism is clearly key to this band. The Ruby Suns are definitely not a passing fancy; having already put out two albums (a self-titled one in 2005 and self titled and ‘Sea Lion’ in 2007), they are set to release album #3, ‘Fight Softly’, on 08 March in the UK.

The track below, ‘Cranberry’, is from the new album. Named after Cranberry Lake outside Seattle, Washington, near to where the band wrote and recorded part of the album, it’s described as “a dreamy slice of sun-drenched, cockle-warming dance pop.” One listen and I think you will agree that there’s no surprise why the Very Best dig them so much that they included the Ruby Suns’s retooling of the Beatles’ ‘Birthday’ on their celebrated 2008 mixtape that traveled far and wide across cyberspace. This song is so joyous, we won’t think badly of you if you feel the need to start a conga line upon hearing it.

The Ruby Suns – Cranberry


The Ruby Suns’ third album ‘Fight Softly’ will be released in the UK on 08 March by Memphis Industries.

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