Thin White Rope wove a string of dark, surreal, rocking records in the 80s and early 90s. Here on The Ruby Sea, the band’s fifth and final studio album, the heavily guitar and drum laced tracks have an inherent tension to them that feels like each song – loops in a closely stitched braid – could snap at any point. The listener has no choice but to move through each track grabbing at the shaking twisted knot holds of Guy Kyser’s dusky, often indistinguishable, vocals to an uncertain end.
I often pull this out when I need to power through and make up for lost time, like say after a long Chicago winter. Happy it’s May and I can get back out on the streets. Its always hard to reboot, and each year I get a little older, and it gets a little harder.
“Running past Midwest Flowers, Every day is a long climb up to midnight. And from there a roll and tumble into sleep…”
The Ruby Sea
Tina and Glen
The Lady Vanishes
Up To Midnight
The Fish Song
The Clown Song