We can’t help but fall for the weird and wonderful. Hear Ariel Pink collaborator, Spookey Ruben’s “Granma Faye” here first.
We’re unashamed to say that Wonderland is usually about the glossy pop world we’d all like to live in. It’s surprisingly refreshing however, to take on something outside our usual tastes. Enter Spookey Ruben (real name Alan Deil), the self-branded “weird-pop” pioneer from Canada. Never heard of him? Shame on you, with 20 years in the ‘biz behind him, 10 albums later he’s preparing to release his first record in 6 years, Modes III. We’ve got the first single to premiere.
“Granma Faye” sounds like the soundtrack to an old video game in glorious techni-colour. Deil’s voice gets warped by electro treatment after opening vocals have hit, surreally discordant to the melody. Police sirens blare, cymbals crash, electric guitars are plugged in. The track jumps around from trippy psych to almost balladic moments. Finally the he skitters over junglist drum beats, autotuned warbles and then tinkling windchimes see us out. It’s a lot to absorb so we recommend you listen twice. At least.