EMMA RUTH RUN­DLE

Q (UK) - - Q Review - ON DARK HORSES SAR­GENT HOUSE, OUT 14 SEPTEM­BER

There’s a track on Emma Ruth Run­dle’s fourth solo al­bum called Light Song: in the black-edged con­text of On Dark Horses, it al­most sounds like a joke. This is not a record that of­ten throws open the cur­tains, oper­at­ing be­hind heavy drapes of gothic post-rock and night-time folk. Yet Run­dle, a mu­si­cian and vis­ual artist who played with Los An­ge­les bands Mar­riages and The Noc­turnes, doesn’t al­low her songs to suf­fo­cate – their doomy drama stays fluid, like an oil slick. Con­trol’s Mog­wai-like pitch and rum­ble, or Fever Dreams – Kate Bush if she’d re­leased a grunge al­bum – keeps the lights low, but there’s an emo­tional spark here that never goes out. ★★★★ VIC­TO­RIA SE­GAL Lis­ten To: Fever Dreams | Con­trol | Races

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