Taken from Rubicks’ second album, The Rise of the Giddy, “Jungle of You” sits precariously toward the tail of the player.
At a time when singles are normally front and centre on albums, it was an interesting move by the group to place “Jungle of You” to the rear, but one that displayed their absolute confidence in the album as whole.
Ripping through a piece dominated by brisk percussion and Vee Vimolmal’s sharp electronic stabs, while Marc Makarov’s pained guitar slices, “Jungle of You” represents themes and sounds that were darker and more decadent than anything Rubicks had previously conjured.
Amidst this, lead singer Vanessa Redd floats serenely above; however despite these apparently angelic musings, Redd’s vocals also dare to cut, all the time pinching the listener.
In terms of style, the balance is right as the tug-o-war between rock sensibilities and electronics’ cold austerity falls just evenly. Left in feeble hands, this could been generic pop-rock, sugar glazed slab with synths and whatnot, but Rubicks’ give far more life to the machine than that.
And it is far more sinister as a result.
I gather Rubicks were recording toward the end of last year. Let’s hope something new pops up soon.