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Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Ruralists - "The Birth Of Birds" alt folk on high and "Ghost"

Ghost by The Ruralists begs for your faith. Like a fighter beaten down, Luke Hawley and the boys crawl to the top of the mountain again and again until finally reaching the top. Their brand of Americana folk rock has a reverent tone as the song reaches crescendos multiple times, first small then bigger and then so explosive that you are ready to give yourself up to the sound. Hawley's vocal performance is raw and passionate with Mid-Western tones. I thought of classic garden rock / American roots rock bands like The Band (though born in Toronto / Ontario, Canada) as Ghost wrapped around me.

The Ruralists are based out of Sioux Center, Iowa and their debut album, "The Birth Of Birds" is available on all platforms. They are Luke Hawley (guitar / vox), Ben Lappenga (eletric guitar), Laremy De Vries (electric guitar), Jake Miller (bass) and Titus Landagent (drums).

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Robb Donker

Find out more about The Ruralists here: www.fullyruralized.com