Just in time to thwart the summertime blues comes the auditory salve of Rubblebucket’s sophomore full-length Omega La La – a compelling collection of progressive pop glory that often sounds like an indulgence-free Yes. Kalmia Traver provides Rubblebucket’s captivating and ethereal vocals (Yes’ angelic-voiced Jon Anderson just sounds like a woman). What’s more, the Brooklyn-based, eight-member band comes complete with horns and a full time percussionist.
Not since Jay Z’s The Dynasty Roc La Familia 2000 stayed in your car stereo for an entire year, have you kept an album in such heavy rotation. Feast your ears on the melodic vocal interplay and harmonic mish-mash weaved throughout the exquisite “Triangular Daisies”. Soak in the splashes of tasteful horns, The Smiths-level guitar grinding, grooving backbeat, McCoy Tyner-ish percussive piano punctuations and catchy whistling. Oh the whistling!
The urge to keep an amazing new band to oneself so they remain free from the trappings of mega-stardom is understandable. With Rubblebucket, one hopes for U2-sized success. The eleven tracks on Omega La La are the kind of music one wishes the commercial radio mill ran twenty four-seven.
The obvious single is the funk influenced “Silly Fathers”. The track strikes an infinitely listenable balance between uplifting, and chilled out. And although you may never know what the lyrics are about, you’re intrigued. Rubblebucket makes pop like Nile Rodger’s Chic, catchy as hell but with a muscled musicality that will have musicians and music geeks nodding their heads and shaking their booties.
Expertly produced by Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, Hercules and Love Affair) the album bursts with jubilant choruses, eccentric arrangements and compelling rhythms. This may be the most buoyant album of the year. Upbeat, art rock doesn’t get any better than this.
MP3 Stream: “Triangular Daisies”