Shoulder Blade is the (soon to be) latest release from Calgary’s own Reuben and the Dark. The quartet weaves together sounds and vocal harmonies that create an unexpected texture of song and melody. Recently brought to London by Luvluvluv records (Florence and the Machine/Blood Orange), the band has returned from Europe with a new release. Produced by Christopher Loyd Hayden of Florence and the Machine, expect two singles coming from the UK by the end of summer 2012!
Released 20 January 2012
Performed by: Reuben Bullock , Shea Alain , Scott Munro and Distance Bullock. Piano on “avails of loneliness” by Stephen Fletcher. Produced by Lorrie Matheson. Mixed and Recorded at Arch Audio Recording. Artwork and Layout by Ryan Bekolay. Copyright Reuben Bullock 2011
“Man Made Lakes is the new album from singer-songwriter Reuben Bullock. A sonically rich and finely-textured recording, Bullock effortlessly connects the dots between such touchstones as Bruce Springsteen, Connor Oberst/Bright Eyes, and Neil Young. The album was recorded by producer Lorrie Matheson (Samantha Savage Smith, Ghostkeeper, Rae Spoon) in a small garage studio in Calgary, mostly as a live band, often in a single take. This comes as no surprise, however, as Bullock’s band is comprised of some of the finest musicians around. Multi-instrumentalist Scott Munro (Chad van Gaalen, Ghostkeeper), Distance Bullock (whose background in hardcore bands Bring Fire and the Illustrated does nothing to prepare one for the delicate and inventive percussion work featured here), and guitarist Shea Alain round out the ensemble. This quartet has been quickly building a reputation as a killer live band, their soaring four-part vocal harmonies achieving epic heights, always leaving crowds hungry for more. And at the core of all this sits Bullock’s songs, which manage to achieve a balance between seemingly disparate elements: the introspective with the anthemic, and the feat of sounding simultaneously ancient and uniquely contemporary. This is undeniably an artist poised for success, and every step of the journey is as exciting as witnessing what will come next”
“OVERALL, THE ALBUM HAS SUCH HIGH POINTS THAT THE PARTS THAT I FIND “ONLY PRETTY DAMN GOOD” QUALIFY THIS FOR WHAT COULD BE A BEST OF THE YEAR IN CANADIAN MUSIC.” – SLOWCOUSTIC.COM
Reuben Bullock is a singer-songwriter. His words are strong, both bold and subtle.
His voice carries with it the weight of love and pain. Reuben finds ways of translating the confusing language of emotion into song and melody, without ever defining it or answering its questions. He sings with passion and certainty beyond his years, and would love for you to listen.