Posted on August 26th, 2014 (4:52 pm) by Shayna Parr

Recorded in a remote part of Scotland early in the morning to the sound of birds chirping, Rustie’s new album, Green Language, is an interesting collection of very futuristic-sounding music. The album starts off with “Workship” and “A Glimpse,” two tracks that one could definitely pair as a soundtrack to the rising sun. “A Glimpse” in particular pays homage to Rustie’s homeland, beginning with bird sounds and moving into shimmering synth passages that rise and fall. “Raptor” has those same shimmering tones at its start, transitions into a more typical electronic beat that stays the same for the majority of the song, though different sounds and beats are added under it. “Paradise Stone” also begins with light electronic bops and twinkles, resulting in an electronic wind chime sort of effect. Like “Raptor,” “Paradise Stone” remains fairly static in terms of a melody or beat, with only slight changes in sound styles to keep it going.

The next track, “Up Down,” featuring D Double E, is where the album really picks up. Rustie keeps the bird sounds in the background, which proves to be a very unique, intriguing juxtaposition against D Double E’s rapping. The electronic chirps make us think this track would be perfect for some futuristic rainforest dance party. In contrast, “Attak,” another song featuring a rapper (this time it’s Danny Brown), sounds much more typical of modern rap. This is probably the album’s most “usual” track, and not the best representation of Rustie’s creativity.

“He Hate Me” is much more interesting, opening with dissonant, electronic keyboard chords and peppered with a syncopated under beat. It’s followed by “Velcro,” a track that definitely belongs as the soundtrack to some quirky video game, and it actually is Rustie has also released an old-fashioned video game in which you unlock a new track every time you reach an important land mark in the game.

Green Language picks up with “Lost” (featuring Redinho) singing, “You are my diamond in the rough, yeah/ When the going gets tough you’re there,” in an oddly articulated manner. Still, his very clear lyrics do go well with the punctuated, sharp accompaniment provided by Rustie.

“Dream On,” has much more flow, with a sweet, female voice singing over more of those twinkling electronic effects. Those provide a strong transition to the last two tracks on the album, “Lets Spiral” and “Green Language,” which go back to the cyclical shimmering sounds we first hear.

While Green Language does have some interesting elements to it, as a whole, it does not have a lot of variety from track to track or within a single song. You can unlock some of the tracks via the video game.

Track List:

  1. Workship
  2. A Glimpse
  3. Raptor
  4. Paradise Stone
  5. Up Down ft. D Double E
  6. Attak ft. Danny Brown
  7. He Hate Me ft. Gorgeous Children
  8. Velcro
  9. Lost ft. Redinho
  10. Dream On
  11. Lets Spiral
  12. Green Language
Rustie: Green Language
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Our Rating

60 / 100
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