31 year-old Graham Hill has had his fair share of experiences and successes. He’s performed with Beach House and Papercuts on tour, and even contributed to Beach House’s excellent Teen Dream. Now out on his own with his Roman Ruins project, Graham shows he’s more than a live/studio drummer… so, so much more than that.
“Mighty Love” is the first single from Roman Ruins’ debut album Homebuilding, a frenetic, eclectic and awesomely bizarre cut that reminds me of what I’d hoped Here We Go Magic would have done through the promise of their self-titled 2009 debut. Quasi-tropical percussion and subtly energizing bass lines sneak in and out of the track while layer upon layer of everything under the sun (vocals, rainsticks, synth squeaks, oohs and aahs) flesh out the rest. Part high life, part Beach Boys, part post-Animal-Collective musical hieroglyphics, it’s exactly the sort of music I get all giddy for in 2012… which is why Homebuilding has rushed near the top of my albums-to-watch list. Can’t wait to hear the rest.