Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Rujen is a high-energy group blending elements of psych-rock, indie-rock and dream-pop to create a genre-defying sound. Founded in 2017, the five-piece focused on live performances until the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP Elsewhere in 2019. Known for their engaging, energetic, vibrant and introspective style, Rujen began building a loyal following with positive coverage and notable gigs with acts like The Bright Light Social Hour and Kate Bollinger. The latest addition to their discography is ‘Tarot’.
A follow up to the well-received Elsewhere, ‘Tarot’ is a smooth step back into the 1980s synth-filled pop world. Combining dynamic instrumentation with effortless vocals in a whirlwind of sound, ‘Tarot’ teeters on the edge of terrific and tacky (leaning more to the terrific side). While listeners will find themselves in a foggy haze of music, Rujen continues to keep you on your toes with transitions from dream-pop to indie-rock within the four-minute track. I find it is this juxtaposition of languidness and alertness that makes ‘Tarot’ a very intriguing track.