Bicoastal, experimental post-rock outfit RUSK are gearing up to share their debut album, Om Improvement, and they’re sharing the new track and video, “Mythomania,” ahead of the action. Check it out right here at New Noise.
Formerly known as post-rock/math-rock duo Jerkagram, twin brother Brent (drums) and Derek Gaines (guitar) re-envisioned their output, returning to the music scene at RUSK. They are joined on the new LP by bassist Ryan Pivovar and violinist Zachary Paul.
The brothers have the tenure to back up their work, having toured North America extensively over a decade and making themselves known across the world in Japan, while touring to support Jerkagram’s third LP, 2018’s All Eyes On Me.
The new album is both a melodramatic, orchestral rapture and an exploration of jagged rhythm, at once loosely improvisational and also meticulously crafted. The six movements on the album span 45 minutes of exploratory, entrancing music, navigating through realms of rock, infused with orchestral and improvisational elements traversing free-jazz, noise rock, and even classical music.
Their friends Paul Christensen, Patrick Shiroishi, Lex Helgerson, and Jason Adams also join in on the fun, providing their musical contributions to various tracks.
Gaines opens up about the new track and video:
“‘Mythomania’ was really brought together with this video, animated by Rob Frese. We have worked with Rob before and our howling trek into the desert is my favorite of his yet. Paul Christensen singing in tongues as our leggy sun-friend felt like a perfect fit as well. This is the first song we wrote that’s on Om Improvement and the song which took the fastest to write, which can often be a good thing: it’s a very unleashed performance.”
Watch the video for “Mythomania” here:
Photo courtesy of RUSK