11 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though they’ve dropped “Orchestra” from their name, Rubblebucket still approach their music with a certain formal elegance, contrasting with the childlike, sometimes loopy quality of their lyrics. The sextet’s sophomore album Omega La La is a sweet, multi-layered sonic parfait filled with swirling keyboards, snappy guitars and twinkling synths. Horns are especially crucial, adding a jazzy interplay to “Down In the Yards” and a hint of ska to “Came Out of a Lady.” Lead singer Kalmia Traver projects a wide-eyed innocence in tracks like “Triangular Daisies” and “Silly Fathers,” though “Pile of Rage” finds her capturing a mature sense of romantic loss. Omega La La’s gentle, smile-inducing tone invites comparisons with everyone from the Pastels to Tenniscoats and LAKE. A benign spirit lights up “Rescue Ranger,” “Raining” and similar tunes even when the imagery takes a moody turn. On the francophonic “L’Homme,” the band bounces and billows into an international dreamland. At once playful and ambitious, Omega La La is an indie-pop delight.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though they’ve dropped “Orchestra” from their name, Rubblebucket still approach their music with a certain formal elegance, contrasting with the childlike, sometimes loopy quality of their lyrics. The sextet’s sophomore album Omega La La is a sweet, multi-layered sonic parfait filled with swirling keyboards, snappy guitars and twinkling synths. Horns are especially crucial, adding a jazzy interplay to “Down In the Yards” and a hint of ska to “Came Out of a Lady.” Lead singer Kalmia Traver projects a wide-eyed innocence in tracks like “Triangular Daisies” and “Silly Fathers,” though “Pile of Rage” finds her capturing a mature sense of romantic loss. Omega La La’s gentle, smile-inducing tone invites comparisons with everyone from the Pastels to Tenniscoats and LAKE. A benign spirit lights up “Rescue Ranger,” “Raining” and similar tunes even when the imagery takes a moody turn. On the francophonic “L’Homme,” the band bounces and billows into an international dreamland. At once playful and ambitious, Omega La La is an indie-pop delight.

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About Rubblebucket

A spirited indie pop dance band with a reggae-pop past and a penchant for worldbeat and ska-infused arrangements that invoke names like Vampire Weekend, Brazilian Girls, Passion Pit, and Dirty Projectors, Brooklyn's Rubblebucket was formed in 2007 by musical couple Alex Toth (trumpet) and Kalmia Traver (vocals, saxophone) after the pair parted ways with the East Coast roots-reggae futurists John Brown's Body. They issued their debut album, Rose's Dream, under the Rubblebucket Orchestra moniker in 2008 and took to the road. The eponymous Rubblebucket followed in 2009, and found the band dropping the Orchestra part of their name, even as they grew in numbers. Full momentum was achieved in 2011 upon the release of their third long-player, the critically acclaimed Omega La La, which resulted in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and landed the song "Came Out of a Lady" in the indie comedy Drinking Buddies. Their 2012 and 2013 EPs, Oversaturated and Save Charlie, respectively, brought them more attention, culminating in the release of 2014's Communion Records-issued full-length Survival Sounds and Carousel Ride EP. In 2017 the band issued a new EP, If U C My Enemies, via their own label, So Sensation Records. ~ James Christopher Monger

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