Ruark, the brainchild band of singer/songwriter Ruark Inman, debuts a fantastically evocative folk-rock effort in their virgin effort When You Coming Home that has critics abuzz this January for good reason indeed. An amalgamation of influences that extend from the contemporary to the rustic, When You Coming Home often feels like a lucid dream that has been reimagined as a studio LP, with some of its songs – such as “Sick of It,” “Naturally,” “Dry October Noon” and “Time Wouldn’t Waste Away” – bringing to mind both cerebral outsider folk and abrasive acoustic punk simultaneously. For as experimental a record as it is, it’s one I wouldn’t recommend missing out on this season.
Rollicking rhythm and haunting vocal harmonies comprise the whole of “Never Miss” while flowing string parts collide with a serenade as supple as is possible from within the studio environment in “Jack of all Trades,” but despite the subtle contrast between the aesthetical complexities of these two tracks (and many of the others here), nothing sounds particularly avant-garde or unnecessarily eclectic in When You Coming Home. Fluidity is far more important to Ruark than sonic muscularity and chest-beating machismo is – that’s evident even in the most cursory of listening sessions spent with this album – and for the postmodern style of music they’re playing, that’s the perfect approach to take.
Ruark - When You Coming Home