Scunthorpe raised brothers, Rupert and Henry Stansall, whose earlier work was produced by Rick Rubin announce the release of their latest single, ‘Bullet Blues’. It is a taster for forthcoming album, ‘Ten Paces’, released on 2nd June 2023 via Yep Roc Records.

‘Bullet Blues’ is a timeless stripped-back track featuring Roy Orbison-influenced vocals accompanied by pensive piano, sci-fi synths, and twangy guitar, as they muse about the hope of fixing a broken relationship.

The accompanying video is shot using only a projector and a single-frame shot to cast lyrics like captions. “We felt the music stirred emotions similar to watching the credits roll on a sad film,” explain the brothers. “Similar to Wim Wenders’ use of colour in Paris, Texas we injected striking reds and blues – associated with love and heartbreak – to heighten the emotion within the song’s chorus.”

Video: Ruen Brothers – Bullet Blues

I was editor of the long-running fanzine, Plane Truth, and have subsequently written for a number of publications. While the zine was known for championing the most angular independent sounds, performing in recent years with a community samba percussion band helped to broaden my tastes so that in 2021 I am far more likely to be celebrating an eclectic mix of sounds and enthusing about Made Kuti, Anthony Joseph, Little Simz and the Soul Jazz Cuban compilations as well as Pom Poko and Richard Dawson.