Wring the Rag
I Don’t Blame You, We’re Having the Same Dream
Lee Noble has stepped out from behind his lair walls to unveil Ruiner, the follow-up to 2011’s show-stopping Horrorism. Noble is progressing with his vaporous sound, once again turning the idea of pop music elemental and stealing your heart. There’s a warbling, home-spun quality to Ruiner, with it’s atmosphere soaked in the warmest of fuzzy hiss, guitars woven into and around organs, and Noble‘s voice, a combination of moans and whispers.
Ruiner doesn’t just pick up where Horrorism left off, it moves beyond it, with its hooks and with its drive. Ruiner is an album that will dominate you. It’s a record that demands full attention, start to finish. It’s a full album in every sense of the word; each part compliments the other, but it is absolutely a collection of songs.
Noble isn’t just walking in fields of ambient air and drone dirges, he’s bending and manipulating sounds and textures to craft his art. It straddles between a world of ethereal experimental music and fleshed out indie-rock. Weighing heavier on the former, it finds itself a Grouper-meets-Radiohead in a basement type affair. He has created a sound that feels familiar, comfortable, and lived-in – but it’s entirely his own sound. You immediately know when you’re listening to Lee Noble.
With Ruiner, the sounds are worn well, they’ve been thought about, they’ve been executed with Noble‘s delicate touch, and they’ve been strung together beautifully. Ruiner is an ardent record, and it’s a heavy listen, that’ll have you introspective and reflecting. It’s unquestionably both haunting and gorgeous, but what else would you expect from Lee Noble?
“Lee Noble is clearly at the apex of his murky pop powers” – Ryan Potts, Experimedia
“Lee’s voice isn’t the only big attraction; his arrangements are achingly timeless and endearing…This is bound to become a new favourite record for lots of folk, do check!” – Boomkat
“Ruiner is a well crafted, multi-faceted album with great, murky depths and soaring peaks: a landscape Noble has created all on his own” – Ross Devlin, Decoder Magazine
“Ruiner is a beautiful amalgamation of classical and modern; old folk dirges colliding with spaceship technology in a carefully curated morass of sound to tell a story of Noble’s own imagination…Listen any way you can and be glad you can hear it.” – Justin Spicer, KEXP