Ruinism

Lapalux - Ruinism
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #273 / 719
User Score
Based on 46 ratings
2017 Ratings: #155
June 30, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Brainfeeder / Label
Ambient Pop, Wonky / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

Altogether, Ruinism feels like a far more considered, cerebral effort than Lapalux has delivered before. It may not offer the uniformly sensuous pleasures of those earlier works, but it does a lot more to stimulate other parts of the body.

83
GIGsoup
This is a record that deserves your best sound system or headphones to be enjoyed properly. With each listen you will hear a new melody or layer, something you hadn’t noticed before, and you will find yourself repeatedly drawn back for more.
80
Exclaim!

Fans of textured, cinematic soundscapes and left-field hip-hop will find Ruinism the most satisfying, but Howard's style is distinct enough that adventurous electronic music fans in general should at least check it out; it's as polished and well-realized as any of his output thus far.

80
Loud and Quiet

Sampling and re-sampling his recordings, shifting their pitch and contorting them, he’s fashioned a collection that is at turns brutal and reassuring, discordant and harmonious.

80
AllMusic

Lapalux seems to thrive on these sorts of light-meets-dark juxtapositions, and while such combinations could result in a confused mess, he maintains a razor-sharp focus. Ruinism is a bold reinvention of Lapalux's sound, and is undoubtedly his best work to date.

80
PopMatters

With Ruinism, Lapalux has succeeded in achieving something genuinely unique.

80
The 405

Ruinism, his third full length as Lapalux, comes much closer to evoking that hypnogagic state that he was aiming for, as well as evoking the limbo between life and death, which was a stated goal in the creation of the album.

72
Pitchfork

You could say that Ruinism is Howard’s coming-out party as a composer, but even that incorrectly implies an adherence to tradition. With Ruinism, Howard sets out on a whole new path to conceiving his music.

70
The Line of Best Fit

There’s something about Ruinism that sucks you into its world. It’s beauty amid chaos and it’s easy to let your inhibitions go and just fall into it.

70
Clash
Although at times the sound experiments can feel too inward-looking, Howard balances the darkness and lightness of his palette with relative ease, producing a record of imaginative depth and danceable surface.
68
Paste

Throughout Ruinism, Lapalux programs his beats with an eye towards gradual rewards, and having no vocals to enhance their accessibility makes them a bit impenetrable at first, just as the fearsome journey towards death doesn’t offer instant answers.

60
Drowned in Sound

As a whole, Ruinism is a fine, pleasant sounding record with plenty of little tidbits to enjoy spread across an album full of them. The main issue is that it is a bit "neither here nor there" in places which mean stretches of it are rather forgettable after the running time has evaporated.

MarkCooper
69
Probably the most cinematic-sounding electronic album I've heard in awhile. It sounds like it'd be the score to the new Blade Runner movie. Listen to the first two songs and tell me you don't immediately picture a dystopian, industrial future.
85
lapalux is flume's evil twin
94
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#62/Earbuddy
#91/Drowned in Sound

Track List

  1. Reverence
  2. Data Demon (feat. GABi)
  3. Petty Passion
  4. Rotted Arp (feat. Louisahhh)
  5. Falling Down (feat. JFDR)
  6. Displacer
  7. 4EVA (feat. Talvi)
  8. Essex Is Burning
  9. Flickering (feat. JFDR)
  10. Running To Evaporate
  11. Phase Violet
  12. Tessellate
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