Within about 25 seconds of “Slow Draw,” the opening track on Ruen Brothers’ “Ten Paces,” it’s clear that you are listening to an album that is going to reveal itself to you in slow increments. Essentially, they are inviting the listener to immerse themselves in the world the duo has created – and scratch the layers away, and it’s pretty scary.

One of the standout features of this album is the harmonies displayed throughout. The contrast in the voices of Rupert and Henry Stansall adds depth and richness to their sound. Their seamless blend creates a captivating sonic experience, compelling until the end.

A Western record may seem out-of-place for two British brothers raised thousands of miles from the desert landscape, or at least since I last went to Scunthorpe (although I am a huge fan of the motorway that seemingly only goes to the football ground…). But no matter, tracks like “The Fear” and others on “… Paces” are done on a wide-screen. The Stansall brothers transport you to the vast expanses of the American West with their evocative lyrics and sweeping melodies.

Throughout the 10 songs – and although it feels like a journey, it’s only just over half an hour – you’ll find a dynamic range of sounds and styles. The stomp of “Don’t Know What’s Come Over You” injects a raw energy into the record, while the sparse shuffle of “The Good Will Surely Die” creates a haunting atmosphere. The unsettling “Free As Birds” suddenly bursts forth with a powerful chorus. In short, don’t second guess them.

The closing track, “Long Road,” embodies the essence of Americana. It serves as a fitting conclusion to an album that takes you on a captivating journey through various emotions and landscapes.

From Lincolnshire with big ideas, but should we be surprised? Their debut was produced by Rick Rubin, after all, and this one – if it was made by a US band – would already be making ripples. “Ten Paces” feels like a huge stride forward for the Ruen Brothers.

Rating: 8/10

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