You Just Have To Be
WHOLE is an AudioVisual Experience from RUM DO
Happy New Year!
2024 is here and we've got a bunch of content on the way for you, starting today.
WHOLE is a brand new video featuring the entire RUM DO discography with uncut visuals. It's perfect for ambient watching and listening... stick it on and let your mind wander across diverse landscapes, open your eyes for rushing colours and abstractions.
Ever since the start of the project, RUM DO's music has been released with abstract video. The final frame of one track always linked to the first frame of the next.
Finally WHOLE can now be experienced as it was always intended. The run time is 1 hour and 6 minutes.
I guess in some ways it's odd to mark the start of the new year with the death of a project. Harry Perry and Bill Cutbill will now focus on new musical ventures. After all, time is not infinite.
It feels fitting and romantic to wave goodbye to RUM DO in this moment. It's just the point from A to B.
With that, we place our feet firmly on the ground and start walking forward.
RUM DO ~ "an adjective meaning 'odd' or 'strange', and nothing to do with the drink rum."
Singularity: All Roads Lead Here
And just like that we announce 'Singularity,' the final single signalling the end of RUM DO.
Featuring guest violinist Leslie Townsend, Singularity is the light at the end of the tunnel for Bill Cutbill and rryrry — an orchestral electronic blend of epicness and timelessness.
In a press release the duo said:
"Our singularity is an A to B; a beginning and an end; a period of time held between two stationary points. Thank you for joining us."
Cutbill and rryrry started working together remotely in 2015 and in a period spanning what feels like many lifetimes they never once met in person. Desiree Das Gupta joined Cutbill to reimagine RUM DO's material live at Canadian venues and festivals. The duo also recorded a special live session of Wedding Day which is taken from the debut EP, lay down, lovers.
Thank you for everyone who bought a RUM DO cassette, went to a show, supported via bandcamp or listened on streaming. This music will remain online and we hope it helps to find you some peace and happiness.
Just as equal to the music, this also completes the RUM DO film which is a back-to-back continuous visual accompaniment to the entire discography. We will be releasing a full uncut version of the film before the end of the year.
Like Roads Paved With Amethyst, I See The Glint In Your Eye
With every birth comes transformation.
Today is the birthday of the music video for RUM DO's Chrysalis, which is the first track on their third EP — You Just Have To Be.
Join RUM DO now on all streaming platforms, or support this release on Bandcamp where you can also grab a limited edition cassette. Join us on YouTube if you want to dig deeper into RUM DO's visual universe.
"You know... there ain't any doubt about it!"
Idious Carrie Teams Up With RUM DO In New Music Video
The new music video for RUM DO's electronic pop single, Riv Alla Murar, is out now! Watch it above or on our YouTube channel.
Riv Alla Murar features guest vocals from Idious Carrie, AKA Desiree Das Gupta of Toronto psychedelic rock band Kali Horse.
The music video features RUM DO's classic combination of real-life footage, shaped and merged with digital visuals. Join them now to be taken on a transportive psychedelic trip and see if you can spot wild Indian elephants!
Speaking of the new single and music video, Bill Cutbill said -
"Never has a RUM DO track been so 50/50; it's almost two tracks in one."
"We begin by establishing a digital landscape with spiky textures which Idious Carrie's vocals flow softly over. The tension ramps up and up before it all falls out of the sky. After that, a janky classical guitar line takes hold."
"I'm very proud of the video, which comprises processed footage from my recent trip to India. As always a very special thank you to Idious Carrie for her contribution to the RUM DO legacy. I hope you enjoy!"
You Just Have To Be - the New EP from RUM DO
RUM DO's third EP 'You Just Have To Be' arrives today on all platforms and strictly limited sweet purple cassettes, available via bandcamp.
The five track release is an exploration of genre that navigates between indie, folk, pop and orchestral music. It is the first RUM DO music to feature collaborations, with guest vocals from Idious Carrie, live drums from Bradley Thibodeau (Possum) and violins on the final track from virtuoso violinist, Leslie Townsend.
RUM DO is the project of multi-instrumentalists Harry Perry and Bill Cutbill. Every track released by the duo has featured experimental visuals that flow continuously between songs and releases. You can join them on the sonic adventure here.
Speaking of You Just Have To Be, Bill said -
"It's a great relief to finally share this music with the world. This collection of songs is a true journey and creating it has been an important self-reflection for me.
"I would like to thank Idious Carrie, Bradley Thibodeau and Leslie Townsend for their contributions. Without Brad there would be no shuffle on No Worries. Without Leslie, Singularity would not have the same heart and tension. Without Desiree, Riv Alla Murar would never have been completed.
"Myself and Harry want to thank everyone for joining us over the last however many years. We hope that this music resonates within your body."
If you want to support this release, you can purchase a limited edition cassette on Bandcamp. Kittyfan01 snagged one, and left a very nice comment, which really did feel good so I think we'll leave this bulletin update on that note...
"You Just Have To Be paints a beautiful visage with curio beauty in Chrysalis, calming guitar in Lighter, and sentimental vocals in Singularity - it's hard to pick a favourite. Another incredible work by Rum Do!"