photo by Danielle Hardy
Emma Ruth Rundle’s debut solo album, Some Heavy Ocean, is finally available from Sargent House. This 10-song album has been hailed as “stunning” by the AV Club and “one of the best records of 2014” by Music & Riots, in addition to countless other accolades.
Emma Ruth Rundle got her start in 2007 when she assembled the now defunct folkgaze collective The Nocturnes for the purpose of performing her work. The following year, she was drafted into the monolithic post-rock supergroup Red Sparowes. Touring the world playing the Sparowes’ epic brand of instrumental heaviosity sparked a fruitful musical connection with fellow Sparowes guitarist Greg Burns. When that band commenced a well-deserved hiatus in 2011, she and Burns (on the invitation of Russian Circles), instigated a new group, Marriages, who released a stunning debut mini-album, Kitsune. Meanwhile, Rundle and friends as The Nocturnes reconvened briefly in 2011, issuing a full-length album, Aokigahara, while solo she recorded an album of experimental guitar compositions.
What followed was a “dark, difficult time”, marked by family problems and personal struggles which, though exhausting emotionally, also incubated Rundle’s conviction to use their inherent misery as fuel for expression. And so, in 2013, she literally moved into Sargent House’s home studio in Echo Park, sequestering herself for two months while writing and recording what would become Some Heavy Ocean. Itself a taxing experience, the process of creating the album was fraught with problems and setbacks that, naturally, served to fortify its unmistakable air of sadness and desperation. Which isn’t to say Some Heavy Ocean isn’t equally optimistic or compelling. An apt title if ever one existed, the album swells and crashes, waxes and wanes, ebbing and flowing, the way all great albums do.
Additionally, Emma Ruth Rundle has just announced that she will be touring the United States alongside King Buzzo (of The Melvins fame, on his solo acoustic tour) in support of Some Heavy Ocean. Dates can be found below and span from June 30th through July 31st, with more shows and information coming soon.
King Buzzo & Emma Ruth Rundle Tour 2014
Jun 28 – Milwaukee, WI (US) @ Shank Hall
Jun 30 – Grand Rapids, MI (US) @ The Pyramid Scheme
Jul 01 – Columbus, OH (US) @ A&R Music Bar
Jul 02 – Hamtramck, MI (US) @ Small’s Bar
Jul 03 – Cleveland Heights, OH (US) @ Grog Shop
Jul 05 – Syracuse, NY (US) @ The Westcott Theater
Jul 06 – South Burlington, VT (US) @ Higher Ground
Jul 07 – Portland, ME (US) @ Port City Music Hall
Jul 09 – Dover, NH (US) @ Dover Brick House
Jul 18 – Charlottesville, VA (US) @ The Southern
Jul 19 – Charlotte, NC (US) @ Visulite Theatre
Jul 20 – Carrboro, NC (US) @ Cat’s Cradle
Jul 22 – Atlanta, GA (US) @ The Basement
Jul 23 – Birmingham, AL (US) @ The Bottletree
Jul 26 – Houston, TX (US) @ Warehouse Live
Jul 27 – Austin, TX (US) @ Red 7
Jul 28 – San Antonio, TX (US) @ Limelight
Jul 30 – Tucson, AZ (US) @ Club Congress
Jul 31 – Pioneertown, CA (US) @ Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace
Emma Ruth Rundle Live
Aug 27, 2014 7:30 PM – Dublin, (IE) @ Button Factory – Sargent House Label show
w/ Russian Circles, And So I Watch You From Afar, Tera Melos, Mylets & No Spill Blood.
Some Heavy Ocean Track Listing:
1. Some Heavy Ocean
3. Your Card the Sun
4. Run Forever
5. Haunted Houses
7. Oh Sarah
8. Savage Saint
9. We Are All Ghosts
10. Living With The Black Dog
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