Stream Rustie’s inventively instrumental third album, ‘Evenifyoudontbelieve’
Scottish producer Russell Whyte has furthered his legacy as Rustie with a tertiary LP, EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE. Whyte’s newest album continues his uniquely immersive brand of melodic future music, but diverges somewhat from his sophomore album, 2014’s Green Language. While Green Language featured outside artists like Danny Brown and D Double E, EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE is a holistic representation of Rustie’s inspirations.
Traversing fifteen instrumental tracks, Whyte’s newest album is playful, ethereal, and abstruse, all at once. The majority of the album is inherently danceable: tracks like “444Sure,””4eva,” and the album’s debut single, “Big Catzz” center around subwoofer-laden rhythms. However, other pieces, such as “Coral Elixrr” and “Open Heartzz” are strictly ambient, favoring mysteriously celestial instrumentation over percussive elements of any nature. Perhaps the most interesting selection of EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE is “Emerald Tabletz.”
Through Whyte’s use of buoyant synths, complex melodies, and boldly arrhythmic percussion, “Emerald Tabletz” plays like an experimental jazz piece filtered through synesthetic kaleidoscope lenses. Another standout of the album is “Atlantean Airship.” Amidst a track list in which levity and tranquility are predominant themes, “Atlantean Airship” is typified by its spastic synthesis and harrowing melodies.