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Album Review

It should come as no surprise that Some Heavy Ocean, the debut solo outing from industrious California-based singer/songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle, engages in a bit of sonic flirtation with her myriad other projects, which include fronting the post-rock/psych-metal outfit Marriages, the folk-slowcore collective Nocturnes, and sending up plumes of guitar-fueled ambiance with post-metal heroes Red Sparowes. A stripped-down affair that falls somewhere between the hallucinogenic dream pop of Julee Cruise, the forlorn, midnight twang of Mazzy Star, and the evocative psych-folk of Faun Fables, Some Heavy Ocean lives up to its moniker with ten slabs of reverb-drenched, post-folk goodness that are as dense and impenetrable as they are gossamer and ephemeral. The title track, which is actually more of an intro, evokes the aforementioned Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" played backwards and segues effortlessly into the record's loveliest piece, "Shadows of My Name" — like the best parts of Some Heavy Ocean, it feels both relevant and impossibly old, like a radio dial stuck between medieval court music and Priest=Aura-era Church. The intimate and hypnotic "Oh Sarah" impresses as well, as does the emotionally charged "Run Forever," the latter of which matches Rundle's deft guitar playing with an equally affecting vocal take. The sound quality waxes and wanes, with some moments peaking a bit too high in the mix and maxing out in a crush of zeroes and ones, but the occasional lo-fi moments only add to the rawness and intimacy of the sessions, and by the time Rundle reaches the epic "Living with the Black Dog," a dense and brooding midnight black slab of Wolves in the Throne Room-inspired ambient metal, the listener is far too caught up in the miasma to notice anything else afoul.

Customer Reviews


Emma Ruth Rundle is amazing through Red Sparowes, Marriages, The Nocturnes, and her solo work. I have been listening to the first two songs released on repeat and can't wait for the full album to come out later in May. Thanks for doing what you do and being an original artist!

Talent beyond measure

I've been a huge fan of Red Sparowes for years and thought they took it to the next level when Emma joined, then the Marriages side project blew me away with her vocal ability. I have not heard the Nocturnes but will be looking into them after reading the other review. I prerdered this to get the preview tracks and they have me waiting in anticipation for my vinyl copy to arrive in the mail.


Amazing record from an amazing artist. Really enjoyed Emma in The Nocturnes. This record causes me to make the comparison to when Kristin Hersh made the transition from Throwing Muses to her solo work. Powerful song-writing, gorgeous production, so much more than I can articulate. Support this artist and buy her records!!!


Born: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The singer and guitarist for California post-rock/psych-metal outfit Marriages, a member of Isis-connected post-rockers Red Sparowes, and frontwoman for atmospheric psych-folk/slowcore collective Nocturnes, Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle issued a collection of ambient, experimental guitar compositions through bandcamp before releasing a proper solo album. The resulting Some Heavy Ocean, an evocative and cathartic set of Mazzy Star-meets-Swans space/post-folk-rock...
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