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rubble-ruckus The energy, the rhythm, the horns, the wonder, everything. My favorite track is all of them, I would never be able to choose just one. I felt like I had left this Earth and was transcending into another plane of existence before the sheer force of the music struck me back down to the ground in an explosion of light and color. Another amazing masterpiece, well done.
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Luke Wilson This is the most intimate album of 2018, and it's so catchy to boot. It's weird to think that a joint breakup album could sound so uplifting, but it's a joyous testament to the strength of their friendship and their willingness to salvage it. Absolutely beautiful. Favorite track: Party Like Your Heart Hurts.
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In summer 2015, after finishing a year of intense touring, Rubblebucket’s Kalmia Traver and Alex Toth began the process of bringing their next record to life. As an experiment, Kalmia asked Alex (her longtime romantic partner) to move out while they worked on the album, then accepted the marriage proposal he made during a recording session just a month later. Although Alex soon moved back in, their 11-year relationship ended when the two chose to ‘consciously uncouple’ the following spring—a decision they honored by ceremoniously giving each other matching triangular daisy tattoos (a nod to the title track from Rubblebucket’s 2010 EP). But despite all the sadness brought on by their breakup, Kalmia and Alex kept on writing and recording together, ultimately creating Rubblebucket’s most transcendent album to date.

Co-produced by Kalmia and Alex, Sun Machine documents the pain of ending their romantic relationship, yet emerges as an unbridled and often-euphoric celebration of their lasting connection. While the breakup inspired much of the album, Sun Machine is deeply informed by several other life-changing occurrences in recent years: Kalmia’s diagnosis with ovarian cancer in 2013 (followed by a round of surgeries and chemo treatments), Alex’s decision to get sober after a long struggle with alcoholism, and the couple’s three-year-long attempt at maintaining an open relationship. The result is a strange and beautiful paradox: a party album rooted in radical mindfulness, a breakup record imbued with each partner’s palpable love for the other.

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released August 24, 2018

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Track Name: Lemonade
we used to talk about a sun machine
if we could flip the lights then our love would never end
you were like the american dream
made me want things i don't really need
we used to ride around on rollerblades
you kissed me on the mouth and my pupils dilated
in my trance you were a little babe
shrinking like a flower in the rain

did i make you mean or were you always that way
yeah unfortunately i can’t turn lemons into lemonade
but i let you know how much you hurt me
with a really really long goodbye
for real this is goodbye now for some lemonade

now i’d like to talk about the submarine
and the big blue whale who got stranded by the sonar radar
it makes me think about your laser beam
you screamed at me until i played the part
i thought i needed you in every way
i woke up in some pain and i texted you by mistake
honestly things are gravy
can you help me jog my memory?

did i make you mean or were you always that way
yeah unfortunately i can’t turn lemons into lemonade
but i let you know how much you hurt me
with a really really long goodbye
for real this is goodbye
now for some lemonade

we used to talk about a sun machine
if we could flip the lights then our love would never end
you were like the american dream
made me want things i don't really need
now for some lemonade

[art party chatter]

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