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Rue Royale
The Search for Where To Go
self-released

Rating: 8.8/10 ?


May 2, 2007
Brookln Dekker's somber strings and understated baritone set the pace for an EP that closes on similar tones. In between, the spiritually seeking can find a home alongside Rue Royale, the husband/wife duo of Brookln and Ruth influenced by Brit-pop and folk music alike.

The Search for Where To Go somehow finds beauty amidst the questions, so even as the vocalist sings of pain and confusion, there is a realization that the path that leads to the answers can actually be an important part of the journey. It's a church you want to attend, stumbling alongside others searching for the meaning of life and the mystery of the heavens.

"Parachutes and Lifeboats" opens the disc with a stunning sonic display of muted harmonies atop a driving acoustic rhythm alongside a stark piano fill. Brookln's vocals robotically repeat near song's end, accentuating the repetition of life allowing Ruth's voice to serve as that slight feeling inside that goes against the grain.

"Even in the Darkness" and "Walls" largely rely on a simple acoustic arrangements, and both tracks remain poetic in their minimalism. "Everything Comes From You" finds itself the most joyous evoking comparisons to Michigan-era Sufjan Stevens. "U.F.O." closes the short trip in the same brilliant fashion as it began and stands as the best track on a fantastic EP. Clear your calendars for some time with the Dekkers; The Search for Where To Go is simply an invitation impossible to resist.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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