EP Review!: The Rungs ~ The Rungs EP!

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It’s always great to come across music where I can hear and feel the love an artist puts into making it.  Sometimes I can sense it between catchy beats, through powerfully pleasing vocals or even underneath a few cookie cutter melodies record companies like to promote to the masses.  But the best times usually happen by surprise.  When I unknowingly crack a little smile after absorbing it across music that mold different sounds and unusual textures into songs with a unique familiarity I have never quite experienced before.   That’s where husband and wife duo THE RUNGS (Mandy & Diwas Gurung) come in with their carefully crafted self titled new EP.  After months of skillfully creating, tinkering and mastering, the musical pair based out of Ithaca NY have dropped a fantastic short collection of songs that jump right out at me in a completely different and entertaining way.  Leaving me intrigued and pining for more.

“In The Room” is the standout moment and is by far the most polished song on a short EP I wish had a few more tracks to really sink my teeth into.  I love how this song subtly combines the playful, circus-like vibe of “Confluence of Anomalies” with the heavy 80’s electro-pop essence of “Missed Connections” producing a sound that is both quirky and interesting.  And unconventionally fun to listen to too.  The soothing soft tone of the lead vocals draws me in just like how a cobra might be drawn out from a woven basket by the sounds of a hypnotic flute.   Slowly but surely.  “In The Room” dances in the same space for a bit, only to explode into a gorgeous instrumental breakdown full of energetic synth loops, frenetic guitar strums and timely bell clanks.  “In The Room” showcases THE RUNGS as artists and point towards a style of music they have the potential to make.  A promising attainment that’s well within their reach!  Buy the EP here!

7/10 TMH! Approved  Worth a listen!
***  Massive Tune:  “In The Room”  ***

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{1-3/10 = Not Recommended!; 4-5/10 = Needs Work!; 6-7/10 = Worth a listen!; 8-9/10 = Highly Recommended!; 10/10 = EPIC!}

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Born in sunny San Diego and raised in central Illinois. I graduated from the University of Illinois @Urbana-Champaign and spent the better part of 10 years in sunny Phoenix Arizona after graduation. I now reside in Savoy IL and I try to make it up to the Chicago music scene as much as I can. Music has always been a part of my life and I wouldn't have it any other way!

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