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Album Review: EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE – Rustie

I was so extremely eager about Rustie's new album that I just started writing down my initial thoughts, and wanted to share them with you. Check out my track-by-track analysis of EVENIFYOUDONTBELIEVE.

LuckyMe affiliate Rustie surprise-released his third album, EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE, to the delight of fans everywhere. The album’s an interesting, almost-conceptual exploration, voyaging from fluorescent synths to quietly atmospheric soundscapes within its’ 15-track span. Rustie’s one of my all time favorite producers – I have a really intense emotional connection with his previous two albums, Glass Swords and Green Language, so of course I’ve been anxiously awaiting this one. I was so extremely eager about the album that I just started writing down my initial thoughts, and wanted to share them with you. Check out my track-by-track analysis of EVENIFYOUDONTBELIEVE below.

Editor’s Note: This album, for whatever reason, downloaded in reverse order for me. So, all my commentary is working from the ending backwards. 

444Sure

  • what i would imagine a Lisa Frank poster to sound like
  • got some white noise elements to it, very zen but energetic at the same time
  • THIS IS HELPING ME MOVE PAST MY BURNOUT SYMPTOMS I FEEL HAPPY THANKS RUS

Open Heartzzz

  • flutes?
  • this sounds like an electronic version of the beginning of “My Heart Will Go On
  • damn now i’m in my feelings
  • but also feeling meditative

Emerald Tabletz

  • opening is 2spook
  • oooooh snap that slide whistle drop (or at least it reminds me of a slide whistle HOW MANY TIMES CAN I TYPE SLIDE WHISTLE)
  • visualizing myself as Mario sliding down one of those tubes into some funky gem filled cave
  • this reminds me a lot of Maxo
  • WHY DO I KEEP RUNNING THE LAST UNICORN IN MY HEAD AS VISUALS TO THIS SONG

New Realm

  • builds off “Emerald Tabletz” nicely, feels like i’m on some kind of magical quest
  • seriously i keep thinking of animated movie moments while listening to this album
  • specifically when Aladdin is in the Cave of Wonders
  • this has a jazzy feel to it

Death Bliss

  • OMGGGG i’m so down for this melody
  • also s/o gabber vibes
  • this is probably something that i’ll end up crying to later
  • but happy weird overwhelmed crying
  • those big epic synths oh my god
  • if this doesn’t make you feel like a superhero idk what will
  • A SUPERHERO WHO LOVES CRYING
  • this is 100% my favorite song off the album so far
  • too bad i’m listening to this in public bc in my heart i’m doing the biggest fist pumps ever

Morning Starr

  • immediately thought of Sagrada Familia i don’t know why
  • is that an organ? it sounds like an organ
  • reminds me of choral music
  • definitely a good set-closer

What U Mean

  • i’m going to have this sample stuck in my head for the rest of the day
  • this is definitely one that could’ve fit on Glass Swords imo
  • i feel like i’m in Mario Kart driving in Peach Beach
  • i can’t stop tapping my foot to this and some guy gave me a look but i don’t even care SORRY I’M SHAKING THE TABLE BUT YOU WOULD TOO IF YOU WERE LISTENING TO THIS K BYYYYEEEEEE

“Coral Castlez”

  • this is nice
  • i can’t wait to hear this live omg

Your Goddezz

  • THE ONLY WAY I CAN DESCRIBE THIS IS THAT I GOT SO EXCITED FOR THIS DROP I WHEEZED A LITTLE
  • UGGGGGHHHHH
  • MY HEART
  • IS
  • EXXXXPLOOODING
  • THIS IS LIKE WHEN I HEARD “SHADOWS” FOR THE FIRST TIME AND GOT SO EXCITED I TEARED UP
  • IF YOU GUESSED THAT I GET OVERWHELMED VERY EASILY YOU ARE CORRECT

Peace Upzzz

  • whatever this vocal sample is, it’s fascinating
  • this and “Morning Starr” are great companions to one another, this is like the peaceful, contemplative reflection that opposes the bold energy of “Morning Starr”

Big Catzz

  • every time i hear this song now i think of when Henry played it in a set this summer and i was so stoked that i spilled my drink all over my hand and then i had sticky hands for the rest of the night but it was WORTH IT
  • SOMEONE TELL ME ARE THOSE AIR HORNS OR AM I HEARING PHANTOM HORNS AGAIN
  • I CANT HEAR PHANTOM HORNS AGAIN I JUST GOT OVER PHANTOM DERULO HORNS I CANT HAVE THIS

4Eva

  • in love with this
  • the vocals
  • just
  • i’m a sucker for an R&B hook
  • the break sounds like the cousin to “Ultra Thizz
  • actually this is like “Ultra Thizz” 2.0 and i am so into it

Atlantean Airship

  • i’m trying to come up with an intelligent way to describe this track when in actuality it takes me back to a really transformational and difficult emotional space from last year
  • but that’s why i love Rustie
  • i always feel so much when i listen to his music

First Mythz

  • man this is just
  • like i feel he’s taking a lot of trends that people are eating up
  • and flipping it into his own style
  • but also kind of acknowledging these ridiculous things in a way that’s beautiful and not judgmental???
  • i don’t know just go with it you’re almost done reading

Coral Elixrr

  • the guitar is stunning
  • makes me think of Dev Hynes‘s guitar solo on “Bet
  • this track has hit me right in the middle of my emotions
  • i’m having a hard time describing this feeling
  • its a strange super blissed out reflective one
  • i cannot say enough about how much i love this song
  • THE THUNDER
  • I LOVE IT

Overall: 3.8 / 5

EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE is available on iTunes now – tell Rustie your personal thoughts on the album via Twitter.

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