For months, a super-group collaboration has been receiving a lot of buzz and rightfully so (it involves Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs), but another one deserves to receive the same amount of attention. Formed late in 2015, Lake Ruth comprises of frontwoman and singer Allison Brice (The Eighteenth Day Of May), instrumentalist Hewson Chen (The New Lines), and drummer Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck, SAVAK, Enon), Since February, the trio have been mesmerizing fans, sites, blogs, and magazines with their cinematic music.
It all started with the groovy and alluring “The Inconsolable Jean-Claude”, which put Lake Ruth on the proverbial music radar. The mystical “Prisoner’s Dilemma” quickly followed, and ended up being shared on a split single with “The Inconsolable Jean-Claude”. “Through the Lychgates” was next, and its Laurel Canyon-inspired folk-pop showcased a warm, intimate side to the band. Premieres on New York City-based sites A Deli NYC and The Big Takeover earlier this month for “The Only One Who Knows” and “Helium”, respectively, were major statements, exclamations that this trio had “made it”.
Today, we have the privilege (and immense good fortune) to share their sixth single, “The Greenfield Industrialist”, which is arguably the trio’s best single after “The Inconsolable Jean-Claude”. The song sees the trio return to the ’50s and ’60s, film noir-inspired sound of their debut, recalling the music that filled the airwaves of Paris, Lyon, Avignon, and Toulouse in the post-WWII era. Like their first single, “The Greenfield Industrialist” percolate with a dark enchantment and cinematic drama, making it an ideal fit in the next James Bond soundtrack or even as the theme song to the next movie derived from a John le Carré novel.
If you listen closely to the story that unfolds in the track, you may be left wondering who is “The Greenfield Industrialist” and how will we capture him, as Brice states early in the song? Given how the first five – now six – songs have unfolded and how they seem to be connected, we will have to wait for the release of their debut full-length, Actual Entity, to find out exactly who this mystery person is.
Actual Entity will be released on June 24th via The Great Pop Supplement. Let’s hope it is indeed a concept album worthy of 007 proportions. In the meantime, hear “The Greenfield Industrialist” below. As an added bonus, “Helium” and “The Only One Who Knows” are also below.
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