Cross-genre music innovator Rustie brings Green Language tour to Glasgow
Much anticipated homecoming show from Russell Whyte at the Art School
‘More serious,’ is what Glasgow’s own Rustie (aka Russell Whyte) says he wanted from his follow-up to 2011 debut album Glass Swords. The original, he apparently considered, had thrown too much into the mix in terms of trying to make itself heard with ‘over-the-top silliness’ and this summer’s Green Language would be a chance to do something more considered and grown-up, now everyone was listening.
But then, of course, it isn’t like Glass Swords had failed. On the contrary, it raked in good reviews for a hyperactive style which touched on dubstep, yacht rock, computer game soundtracks and hip hop beats, earning 2011’s Guardian First Album Award and many other end-of-year accolades along the way. His sound would earn him fans across the Atlantic, particularly among Pitchfork-reading hipsters who got his cultural reference points, got EDM, but still wanted something a bit more involving from their bass.
The result, which will be seen and heard at this live AV show, is Green Language. Following on from Rustie’s era-defining Radio 1 Essential Mix earlier this year, it’s an album whose finest moments stick to what everyone knows of his style while betraying a more expansive and anthemic sensibility. Welcoming guest vocalists including Danny Brown and Redinho, it’s at its best when only Rustie’s fingerprints are visible, for example the epic and hook-laden likes of ‘A Glimpse’, ‘Tempest’ and ‘Velcro’. This show should prove unmissable, although you may find yourself stopping to soak it all up in rather than getting straight on the dancefloor.
The Art School, Glasgow, Fri 24 Oct.