I asked the good folks at Circuit Sweet if they had anything interesting I could listen to, and possibly review.
Among the names they sent was a band called Rumour Cubes. I was immediately attracted to the name. It reminded me of something Ivor Cutler never wrote.
Having no preconceptions at all is a great way to hear something. I make a point of reading nothing about the artists I might write about. I just want to hear it and see. The song titles entertained me – Seven Year Glitch, Your House Isn’t Haunted, You’re Lonely, Research And Destroy and Do Not Go Gently. I’m a long-time admirer of Dylan Thomas, so the latter title piqued my interest. Serendipity means a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”.
It was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754, in relation to The Three Princes of Serendip. The princes were “always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of”.
Rumour Cubes are a discovery that I was not in quest of.
Despite growing up with the ‘wordy guys’ and their peculiar voices (Dylan, Cohen, Young, Mitchell and Waits), I have found a couple of singer-free bands that I will follow and listen to for as long as they make music.
Specifically, Aulos, from Hereford, UK, and Leaving Richmond from Los Angeles, USA.
And after one listen, I am adding Rumour Cubes to that list.
The music is joyous, deeply textured and melancholy. The tracks are witty, superbly played, recorded and just about break my heart, in a delicious, hypnotic way.
Like tearful morphine.
They sound like no-one else, and I don’t care who they are or what they look like. They are just amazing.
You have got to buy this.
Find some alone time, turn it up and absolutely fucking revel in it.
Rumour Cubes are a London-based six-piece crafting string-led cinematic soundscapes. Album Appearances of Collections is out on 18th August, and, as Sam Bonham said of first single ‘Hiyat‘, “it’s got the sex!”. The band are playing on the main stage at ArcTanGent festival in August.