Travel through the desert of pop long enough and, no matter the odds, eventually you'll find an oasis. And it
just might be frozen.
When the Ruby Suns' main mover Ryan McPhun alighted in Oslo, Norway in the winter of 2010, he'd knew
he'd found an artistic haven. Recently split from his long-term girlfriend and bandmate, on holiday from his
adopted home of New Zealand, McPhun was ready for something new.
He'd always been a musical wayfarer, collecting sounds and styles from his travels around the globe,
depositing influences and ephemera into three knockout Ruby Suns albums (2006’s The Ruby Suns, 2008's
Sea Lion and 2010's Fight Softly). In Scandinavia—amidst its icy architecture and sky-high fjords, not to
mention the indomitable gloss-pop that's the region's leading export—he discovered the inspiration for this new album.
Christopher is an album about starting over, but not necessarily moving forward. It's a breakup album, but as
one listen will tell you, not necessarily a sad one. It's McPhun's fourth record for Memphis Industries, third
for Sub Pop and first mixed by an A-list engineer: Chris Coady of Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang
Dance and a zillion more. McPhun spent two weeks at Coady’s studio in New York. Together they polished
Christopher to an opalescent sheen, yielding the kind of expensive-sounding, future-leaning ear candy
typically the providence of Top 40 radio...