Tomorrow our fellow Oaklanders at Gold Robot Records officially release Homebuilding, the debut LP from Roman Ruins, aka Graham Hill, the Oakland based architect and producer who you may recognize from his work with Beach House and Papercuts. The songs on Homebuilding first began coming together in 2010 while Hill was touring in Europe "daydreaming in the van about his pregnant wife at home"; in lieu of Hill's profession and the name he chose for his first album, his primary thematic interests here become fairly clear and the album's first single, "Wildflower", reflects that to a certain extent. Beautifully produced and well executed, the song sets the bar high for the rest of the album. Beginning with a brief, quiet jumble of the percussion to come, Hill's vocals evoke tension and then triumph when a choir joins in halfway, echoed and reinforced when it returns at the song's end.
Buy Homebuilding on limited edition "translucent milky white" vinyl here.