E RUSCHA V: WHO ARE YOU

February 27th, 2018 | Album reviews

E RUSCHA V
Who Are You
Beats In Space

Who Are You is said to be a search, a wandering, sometimes circuitous path in pursuit of self. This is, after all, E Ruscha V’s first full-length release under his own name, a record that sees Eddie Ruscha shed the tropical house of his Secret Circuit project. Before long, we’re at the titular “Who Are You,” a bouncy, glitchy rhythm that simply floats along until hand claps and warbly synths and sweeping strings carry it upward in a dizzy spiral. It sounds like an epiphany—even an awakening. Then there’s “Gravity Waves,” a meditative song that rises and falls in iridescent swells. Meanwhile, “Carried Away” has Eno aspirations, with guitars riding in on those warm jets. “In The Woods” is, aptly so, much more grounded. It’s a song of dirt and earth, an organic, drum-driven jam that only gradually blooms. This isn’t an ambient record, although there are plenty of quiet, reflective moments. Nor is it an electronic record, really—there are too many warm, analog tones. Just when you think songs like “Endless Sunday” are going to fall into familiar, danceable formulas, it’s those warped, living instruments that take this record to other places.

—Miles Clements

E RUSCHA V’S WHO ARE YOU IS AVAILABLE FRI., MAR. 2, FROM BEATS IN SPACE.