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Artist
Mica Levi
ReleaseProduct
Ruff Dog
Label
Mica Levi
Catalogue Number
xris01
Release Date
December 16, 2020

Genres

In a striking stylistic return to their avant-pop roots — first seeded as Micachu and The Shapes (later renamed Good Sad Happy Bad) — Ruff Dog sees the composer Mica Levi rejecting the sweep of cinematic strings found in their scores for Jackie or Under The Skin and embracing the immediacy of lo-fi pop, without sacrificing the meticulous detail consistent throughout their esoteric career.

This is Levi’s first proper solo release, but in typically irreverent fashion, they nimbly eschew the prerequisite amount of intimacy by playing fast and loose with distorting textural qualities; distantly echoing vocals, scorched guitar distortion, and a warm blanket of tape hiss. The rock song skeletons of ‘Kind of Strange’ and ‘One Tear’ are slyly obscured by a torrent of fuzz, while the sounds of domesticity — a phone alarm, or the album’s titular dog — become an ersatz backing band on the likes of ‘Chains Baggy’. The sonic ethos is at its most evocative on ‘Wings’, sounding heavily like a cut from an early My Bloody Valentine session.

Even with this much inscrutability, Ruff Dog succeeds in feeling like a deeply personal record granting the listener a glimpse into Levi’s world.

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Digital Track List

  1. 1 Ruff Dog 0:30 Buy
  2. 2 Kind of Strange 2:28 Buy
  3. 3 Wings 4:23 Buy
  4. 4 One Tear 3:36 Buy
  5. 5 Cold Eyes 2:01 Buy
  6. 6 Flower Bed 2:38 Buy
  7. 7 A plain clothed Jimi Hendrix drives me to Newcastle. For some reason the trip will take 3 days and he is going to do it for £150. He drives really smoothly and only listens to one album which is by someone with Joy in their name. 1:09 Buy

    A plain clothed Jimi Hendrix drives me to Newcastle. For some reason the trip will take 3 days and he is going to do it for £150. He drives really smoothly and only listens to one album which is by someone with Joy in their name.

  8. 8 Chains Baggy 1:45 Buy
  9. 9 Hi Gene 2:13 Buy
  10. 10 Pain 1:59 Buy
  11. 11 Ride Till We Die 2:33 Buy

    Ride Till We Die

  • Ruff Dog

Mica Levi

Alternative / Indie / Post-rock

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