Released: Jan 01 2011
Genre: Electronic / Experimental
Martin Ruffin, better known as In Lieu, is the latest adopter of the swirly, utopian sound that we’ve become familiar with over the past year. The Fuck Crz EP would best be described as atmospheric electronica; voyaging through an array of musical elements in attempt to find the perfect arrangement. Comparisons have been made with the likes of M83 and Sigur Rós, there are similarities, specifically in terms of progressive tendencies and experimental instrumentals; however, Fuck Crz is an ambitious record –liberating and forward-thinking.
‘Sun’, is a suitable opener, hazy vocals overlaying a whirring, ambient backing. Ruffin isn’t only a talented producer, he’s a powerful vocalist – and he makes sure of demonstrating this at the first opportunity. ‘Halune’ transcends from ‘Sun’ without a trace, as strings overlay echoing vocals, recovering from the outbreak of emotion dispersed in the opening track. A pensive collection of percussion maintains an intricate rhythm.
Instrumental tracks are prevalent throughout the EP, but constant key changes and switches in patterns help to keep the record ever-alluring. ‘White’ uses a combination of melodic strings, pulsating drums and chimes before descending into a euphoric breakdown – a heart-warming track constructed merely through careful use of samples. ‘Euthanasia’ follows a similar pattern, free of vocals but questionably the most melodic track on the record; led by a soft-stringed riff.
‘Stala Knight’ is the stand out record of the EP – the vocals giving the track its effective punch. Layered vocals truly emphasise Ruffin’s emotion, reaching out to the listener like tears of rejoice. A combination of drawn-out samples and simplistic drums offer a minimal breakdown before bursting into life with a contagious bassline.
‘Moon’, as it would suggest, acts as the complete opposite to the opener – a suitable exit that absorbs energy from its predecessors, ending with a downbeat and somewhat melancholy finale.
From start to finish the Fuck Crz EP is effective in creating an emotive journey through an odd assortment of elements. Twists and turns throughout the record leave no signs of under-production. It’s quite impressive how the final product, a highly experimental and adventurous project at no point jars unfathomably. With the experimentation showcased throughout Fuck Crz, it would be quite possible to see In Lieu setting sights on an LP – assuming Ruffin doesn’t stray from his creativity, it’s a certainty that future releases won’t go without recognition.
– Article by James Murray
Written for The 405.