Rustie : Glass Swords reaches the dabblers and the hardcore
October 2011 saw the release of Glaswedian party animal Russell Whyte (aka Rustie) debut album from the lynchpin of the city’s music scene. This fantastic album is just about all dance floor high moments – the crowd-is-one and hands-in-the-air moments we all attend these events for. Glass Swords is nothing if not the high. It’s a great, fun upbeat affair literally firing in all directions echoing everything from 90’s rave and booty bass to Ginuwine’s Pony – check out this track below. (LOVE this)
This is tightly packed though and Rustie is in control every step of the way. Despite the sheer weight of music crammed into your ears, Rustie has an ear for a hook and he knows how to play with the sound. This is bliss out stuff, surround synth and an endless care-free night. In the track below we have a funked up melody cross weaving its way as he cycles through the jabbing riff of Hover Traps in one sound after another.
Here’s a nice little extra from Jess Harvell at Pitchfork:
“One of the best things about Glass Swords is that, for all of its pop-goes-clubbing bluster, it’s also as psychedelic, where the devil’s in the zillion little details zigzagging across the tracks– as you’d expect from a Warp album– whether we’re talking their classic-era IDM records or more recent signings like Flying Lotus. “Cry Flames” has more of metal’s brute force in its gnarled groove, but the real shiver-inducing moment comes when Rustie begins weaving a fragile, almost Satie-like piano melody into the bass snarl.”
Glass Swords isn’t my usual fare, but I had a nice moment listening to it this week, and it is certainly a big dose of happy pill.