This week, we are bringing you a song from The Rubens, who are originally from Menangle, New Wales. Their song, "Hoops", is being spotlighted here in our Synch Song of the Week for its cool vibes, and swinging melody.
The Rubens' Sophomore album, from which "Hoops" appears, is expected to be released on March 4 through Warner Bros. Records. The Rubens are characterized by their soft interpretation of rock and roll, with a touch of soul similar to John Legend. Sam Margin sings lead vocals as one of the five members of the band, and his velvety vocals really have us hooked. His words go down like a spoonful of sweet, dark honey that melts and drips all the way through your throat into the belly.
It's one of those non-stop songs that hops from one verse to next, such as one foot step leads to the next in perfect tempo with each progression forward. We can hear influences of rock and roll in the electric guitar accompaniment, but feel more so that we want to jog in tempo than head-bang to this track. It has colorful notes of hip hop with its perfect percussion, but has a more gentle vibe better suited for a Sepia-toned motion picture.
The band is familiar with receiving accolades, as they have been recognized for Best Music Video, and have appeared multiple times on the Triple J Hottest 100. Most recently, "Hoops" was voted number one in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2015.
We expect to see more big things from this band in lieu of their sophomore album release. We hope to see this track pop in an indie film, within a scene that is slow moving, but monumental in its appearance. We can visualize "Hoops" being the highlight of such a scene, as a depiction of constant moving — for better or for worse.
Be sure to check your means of music listening on March 4 for the album release, and follow The Rubens on social media to keep up.