Lake Ruth are in a blog rut.
The New York trio formed less than two years ago, and are already inundated with the same few terms and descriptors showing up in all their press. True to published form, there are bits of ’60s baroque-pop, nods to the retro spaciness of Broadcast and Stereolab, and slices of the more modern synth n’ falsetto stylings of, say, a Class Actress, with all referenced tumbling down a spiral hallway of psychedelic color and intrigue. There’s a hazy shell of experimentation coasting a very secure and strong pop center.
On Lake Ruth’s latest single, “Pictures From Home,” all these elements merge and tangle nicely, and Boston-area audiences will get a chance to hear it — and well as their more kaleidoscopic 2016 debut long-player Actual Entity — this Saturday (March 25) when they play ONCE Ballroom in Somerville. (That’s if Stef Chura leaves it intact after her show tonight).
With a musical DNA that traces their lineage to bands and projects like The New Lines, Holy Fuck, The Eighteenth Day of May, The Silver Abduction, and others, Lake Ruth already have proved an uncanny knack for rich, swirling pop. And it’s one that should make an delectable evening of sounds when they share the ONCE stage with fellow NYC-ers SAVAK and Boston’s own ‘gaze-dreamers Gold Muse, which features former members of the dearly departed Soccer Mom. DJ Bad Squirrel of Bradley’s Almanac spins between the bands.
Dive into “Pictures From Home” via the Lake Ruth Bandcamp below. Featured photo up top by Hans Able Schenck.